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Executive Staff

Margarette Purvis, President and CEO

Dan Cinquemani, Vice President of Food Distribution

Brings more than 30 years experience in the food, warehousing and transportation business. Dan worked several years within the Walbaums/Great Atlantic Pacific and Tea Company (A&P) where his responsibilities increased progressively over the years.  In his last position with A & P he was the Vice President  of Supply & Logistics where he was responsible for a $280 million warehouse and transportation budget along with ensuring performance and compliance across contracts.  Dan also brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic planning and implementation and disaster recovery and business continuity planning. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. 

Silvia Davi, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer

Silvia Davi is Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Food Bank For New York City. In this role, Ms. Davi oversees Food Bank’s External Affairs; Communications, Marketing and Engagement  Department, including public relations, branding, advertising, social media, online communications, government affairs, research, corporate engagement, business partnerships, and food sourcing. With over 18 years of experience in global corporate communications and marketing, Ms. Davi leads the department’s work to increase the visibility of New York City’s hunger crisis, while encouraging support for partnerships and broader engagement.

Prior to joining Food Bank in 2014, Ms. Davi was Vice President and Head of Strategic Communications and Marketing at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a global music rights management and royalty distribution firm.  At BMI, Ms. Davi restructured and led the Corporate Communications and Marketing Department, spearheaded a content and social media strategy, and launched a new brand campaign and newly-designed corporate website.

Ms. Davi joined BMI from professional services firm Marsh & McLennan, where she served as Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications and Brand. In that role, she spearheaded a new brand identity and developed corporate responsibility and sustainability programs. Ms. Davi spent the previous eight years at NASDAQ OMX as Vice President, Corporate Communications and Head of Global Broadcast Media Strategy, where she led strategic corporate communications programs within its various business lines and oversaw the NASDAQ MarketSite, the exchange’s flagship and broadcast studio in Times Square. Before joining NASDAQ, Ms. Davi was Director of Public Relations at Instinet Group, a Reuters company, and held leadership positions at Edelman and Ogilvy Public Relations.

Ms. Davi has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University, and as a broadcast contributor to various news outlets.
Ms. Davi, who is fluent in Spanish and Italian, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Arts and Media and an honors minor in Business and Liberal Arts from Queens College, City University of New York, where she graduated Cum Laude. She has also completed an Executive Leadership program at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Alyssa Herman, Chief Development Officer, External Relations

As the Chief Development Officer, External Relations, Alyssa Herman leads the Food Bank's efforts in fundraising, marketing and communications, government relations and food sourcing. Since coming to the Food Bank in November 2009, Alyssa has advanced the organization's development operation and led efforts to secure funding for significant capacity building initiatives for the organization and its member network, resulting in a 19 percent growth in the Food Bank's private revenue. She collaborates on program development, and is working toward an upcoming strategic planning effort and the development of a capital campaign. As part of Alyssa's management of the Food Bank's development strategy and practices, Alyssa also oversees their Fundraising Committee.

Alyssa previously worked as the Development Director for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), the world's largest independent international medical relief organization, which was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize. Alyssa led her fast-paced Development Department in achieving aggressive annual growth, raising more than $150 million in 2008. Prior to this role, Alyssa served as the organization's Director of Marketing and defined the organization's direct response campaigns to brand MSF's messages effectively. MSF's donor base grew from 100,000 in 1995 to more than 1,000,000 in 2008. In addition, Alyssa previously held the position of Vice President of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications for BRAC. She holds a BA from Yeshiva University and was a Magna Cum Laude recipient. Alyssa speaks regularly at fundraising conferences, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and has served as a board member of the Direct Marketing Fundraising Association (DMFA) from 1998 to 2002 and at present.

Lisa Hines-Johnson, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Lisa oversees the organization’s operations, human resources, information technology and food distribution functions. 

Lisa previously held several progressively responsible positions with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Most recently, as Senior Director in the Division of Family Permanency Services, she led a team in the successful implementation of a number of projects and federally funded initiatives that contributed to fundamental changes in the way services are provided to children and families involved with the child welfare system. Lisa served as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Commissioner for Community & Government Affairs where she advised on high-level organizational issues and managed the daily operations of the office. She also served in a similar capacity to former ACS Commissioner John B. Mattingly, working with eleven Deputy Commissioners and the Mayor’s Office to move critical agency and citywide efforts forward.

Prior to her work at ACS, Lisa provided strategic direction and administrative oversight as the Director of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She worked with a team of faculty and staff to design, deliver and evaluate management and leadership development programs for senior and mid-level managers within the not-for-profit and public sectors including the UJA-Federation, the New York City Police Department and the United States Customs Service.

Lisa holds a B.S. with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) where she serves as a guest lecturer. She is also a graduate of Coro Leadership New York.

Dominique Jones, Chief Programs Officer

As Chief Programs Officer, Dominique Jones manages the Food Bank’s programs and services that directly reach New Yorkers in need and allow the Food Bank to tackle the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education. These programs and services include one of the largest free income tax programs in the country, food stamp initiatives that annually bring $85 million in federal aid to New Yorkers in need and a suite of CookShop programs that provide nutrition education to approximately 45,000 children, teens and adults. And last, but certainly not least, Dominique oversees the services and systems provided to our citywide network of food assistance programs.

Dominique previously served as Vice President for Community Engagement at the United Way of Central Ohio (UWCO), where she led the organization in the development of systematic approaches for engaging, listening and responding to a broad range of community stakeholders. Prior to her work at UWCO, Dominique spent fourteen years in New York City working in the not-for-profit and government sectors on initiatives spanning community development and human services. Most notably, she acted as Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Youth Development at New York City's Administration for Children's Services, where she provided leadership in service of more than 7,000 youth in foster care — including the creation of performance measurement tools to drive positive youth development and innovative programs to improve services for the transition out of foster care.

Dominique is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the Milano School for Urban Policy & Management at The New School, where she was a Woodrow Fellow. Dominique is also a graduate of Coro’s Leadership New York and most recently a graduate the Harwood Public Innovators Lab and the African American Leadership Academy.

Emily Sachs, Chief Financial Officer

Emily Sachs is Chief Financial Officer at Food Bank For New York City. In this role, Ms. Sachs oversees and executes the financial and information technology strategy for Food Bank, including capital planning, management of private and government support, and aligning data management and infrastructure with programmatic goals. With a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of finding resources to achieve charitable goals, Ms. Sachs partners with the CEO, board of directors and staff to direct resources toward ending the scourge of hunger in her home town.
Ms. Sachs joins Food Bank For New York City after serving as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at Safe Horizon, a 575-person agency with a budget of $50 million that provides services for victims of crime and domestic abuse. During her tenure at Safe Horizon, Ms. Sachs strengthened the organization’s financial performance and metrics, contributed to the Strategic Plan, and built a strong team that introduced innovative practices and technologies.
Previously, Ms. Sachs was Chief Financial Officer of the Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency, where she oversaw finance and administration, managed a multi-part real estate and bond transaction that provided significant resources to support the agency’s mission, and spearheaded the implementation of a web-based client relationship management application that increased the efficiency of client engagement.
Prior to her role at Spence-Chapin, Ms. Sachs was an independent management and technology consultant whose clients included the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA), the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Through her consulting experience, Ms. Sachs developed expertise in the strategy and dynamics of leading internal change in mission-focused organizations.  Earlier in her career Ms. Sachs held positions within New York City government in the areas of affordable housing and school construction.
Ms. Sachs, a native New Yorker, holds a Bachelor’s degree from Yale and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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