President and CEO
Margarette Purvis brings to Food Bank For New York City 18 years of experience in direct and professional services for non-profits, with more than 10 years of experience in the hunger community. She has worked extensively in the non-profit arena within New York City, including having previously served Food Bank as the Vice President of Programs and Services from 2001-2006. She returned to lead the organization in October 2011. In December 2013 she was selected by Governor Andrew Cuomo to Chair the New York State Anti-Hunger Task Force, which will bring together experts, advocates and state and local officials to combat hunger.
Prior to her appointment as the Food Bank President and CEO, Ms. Purvis has been the chief executive officer and principal of PCG, the Purvis Consulting Group, an Atlanta-based firm she founded in 2007. PCG, the parent company of the popular online magazine, Mocha Moguls, develops tools for emerging leaders and philanthropists and fundraising strategies for leaders of charities, businesses, faith-based organizations, and government agencies.
In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Purvis was Vice President of National Programming at Points of Light Foundation (formerly Hands On Network), a national charity focused on training and activating volunteer leaders. She lead the launch, execution and implementation of their multi-million dollar programs department, overseeing large-scale initiatives, including the National MLK Day Dream Challenges, Hurricane Disaster sites in Gulfport and New Orleans, Hands On Schools and Citizen Academy.
In her first post with the Food Bank For New York City, Ms Purvis was recruited as Vice President of Programs and Services in 2001 and led the department responsible for providing services to the organization’s network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs. Ms. Purvis developed new programs, such as 866 NYC FOOD, the Education Institute and Kids Café models, both receiving Feeding America’s Hunger’s Hope National Innovation awards. She was the primary designer, organizer and facilitator of two different 9/11 capacity development funds sponsored by Robin Hood and the Starr Foundation and raised foundation and corporate dollars to support various programs at the Food Bank.
Prior to joining The Food Bank For New York City in 2001, Ms. Purvis was the developer and director of Bailey House’s INVEST, the country’s first employment training and literacy program for People Living With HIV/AIDS. She was also responsible for the organization’s volunteer services department. She was also a program developer at USDA’s WIC program in DC and for people seeking employment and substance abuse assistance in positions with both the City of New York and the New Orleans based TEAM program.
Ms. Purvis studied Urban Studies and Public Policy at Dillard University in New Orleans and Policy Analysis and Nonprofit Management at the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School for Social Research.