Local Non-Profit Professional Joy Cohan Joins Yolo Food Bank As Director Of Philanthropic Engagement

As part of a multi-faceted effort to increase the impact of Yolo Food Bank’s work to elevate the common good in the community, the organization has announced the recent addition of team member Joy Cohan as Director of Philanthropic Engagement.

“Joy is the first person I reached out to when I sought to recruit new talent to our management team,” stated Michael Bisch, Executive Director of Yolo Food Bank.  “She is extremely competent and very well known in nonprofit and philanthropic circles in Yolo County.  I am thrilled to have her on board, and feel confident that her work will be an asset to the children, senior citizens and so many others whom depend upon Yolo Food Bank for sustenance, as well as the many donors, volunteers and strategic partners who are passionate about nourishing those who are food insecure in our county,” he added.

Highlights of Cohan’s non-profit management career over the past decade include nearly five years as Director of the Davis Downtown business improvement district, three academic years as Director of Development at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento, and, most recently, service as the first Executive Director for Davis-based Academics Without Borders and as the Communications Specialist for Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis.  Her educational background is in journalism, public relations and marketing.   She has lived in Yolo County for 26 years and has been active in many community and civic causes.

The opportunity to be a part of an organization so essential to the health and welfare of the community in which I live and have raised my children is an extraordinary honor,” Cohan shared.  “Caring for our most vulnerable citizens is a responsibility we all share.  I already feel that I am learning so much about food procurement and delivery systems in the county, and that this knowledge is informing and enhancing my ability to effectively engage others in this important work,” she elaborated.

Together with nearly 70 partner agencies, Yolo Food Bank serves the needs of more than 52,000 people in 19,000 households every month in pursuit of its mission to end hunger and malnutrition in Yolo County.  Funds, food and time are needed to sustain these efforts.  To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit www.yolofoodbank.org.

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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