North Texas Food Bank appoints Trisha Cunningham as President and CEO

A Statement from Anurag Jain, Incoming NTFB Board Chair

The North Texas Food Bank Board of Directors is proud to announce that Trisha Cunningham has been named President and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank, effective July 17, 2017.

Trisha brings 30 years of corporate social responsibility, marketing and communications expertise to this position through her work at Texas Instruments. Additionally, Trisha has demonstrated strong familiarity with the nonprofit industry having served on numerous boards including Volunteer Now, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and Girls Inc.  We are confident that Trisha’s unique experiences and passion for strengthening the communities she is a part of make her the right leader to take the helm at NTFB.

In her role as President and CEO, Trisha will lead a group of nearly 200 NTFB employees in their work to provide access to healthy foods for food insecure individuals across NTFB’s 13-county service area.

Trisha fills this position after long-time CEO Jan Pruitt passed away in January of this year. The Food Bank made significant strides during Jan’s two decades of leadership at NTFB; Jan developed NTFB’s 10-year plan to provide access to 92 million meals annually by 2025, which includes a $55 million ongoing capital campaign and the construction of a new facility in Collin County, planned for 2018. We know Jan wanted nothing less than a strong, passionate and innovative individual to lead NTFB during this important time, and after careful consideration, we feel strongly that Trisha is the right person to fill that role.

We look forward to working with her to serve those in need in North Texas.

Click here to see the full press release regarding the announcement.

Trisha Cunningham - Biography

Trisha Cunningham is the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Prior to joining the NTFB, Trisha had a distinguished career at Texas Instruments (TI), most recently serving as Chief Citizenship Officer. Through her work in this role, Trisha significantly expanded TI’s corporate citizenship work and philanthropic efforts, most notably increasing volunteer efforts 13 fold during her tenure. Because of Trisha and her team’s efforts, TI climbed up CR Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Citizens annual rankings, coming in at number 15 on the list in 2017.

In addition to having keen understanding of corporate culture, philanthropy and sustainability efforts, Trisha is also very well versed in marketing and communications, having served as a top communications leader for TI both locally and abroad.

Trisha has a vast amount of experience with local nonprofits and has an executive certificate in nonprofit management through the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance. Some of the boards and organizations she has been affiliated with include:

  • Secretary, Treasurer - Leadership Women (national)

  • Vice Chair, Board Development - Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

  • Director; Nominating, Capital Campaign and CEO Search Committees; Luncheon Co-Chair - VolunteerNow (Volunteer Center of North Texas)

  • Director; Marketing and Development Chairs -  Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas

  • Director - Dallas Friday Group

  • Vice Chair - Dallas Breakfast Group

  • Founder, Chair, Steering Team – DFW Corporate Citizenship Network

  • Community Advisory Board - Junior League of Dallas

  • Advisory Board - UTD – Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Advisory Board – Alliance for Greater Works

  • Alumni – Leadership Dallas, Leadership Texas, Leadership International, International Women’s Forum Fellows Program

  • Member – United Way Women of Tocqueville, National Association of Corporate Directors,  UTD - Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability 50

Trisha has earned numerous awards in recognition for her service to the community including:

  • CSR Executive of the Year, 2011 – Center for Nonprofit Management

  • Women Leading Greater Good Award, 2013 – Alliance for Greater Works (formerly Faith and Philanthropy Institute)

  • Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas – Honor Pin, Outstanding Leader Award, Outstanding Volunteer Award

Trisha has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in marketing and business from Murray State University.

She and her husband, Greg, reside in Fairview (Collin County). They have two grown children, Chris and Carrie.  



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