Executive Director, San Diego Hunger Coalition
Anahid Brakke, Executive Director, joined the San Diego Hunger Coalition in January 2015, after ten years of grantmaking in San Diego’s philanthropic sector. She most recently served as the Leichtag Foundation’s Director of Self-Sufficiency, where she managed a grant portfolio of nearly $3 million. Prior positions included Program Officer for Jewish Community Foundation and Director of Health & Human Services at San Diego Community Foundation. Since joining the Hunger Coalition, Anahid has tripled the organization’s budget, doubled its staff, started a year-round intern/fellowship program, and recruited eight new board members. Additionally, the Hunger Coalition has launched its School Meals Program, Hunger Free San Diego initiative, assumed facilitation of the Hunger Advocacy Network and Summer Meals Task Force and launched the North County Youth Meals Task Force. Anahid has a breadth of experience on poverty issues including hunger and the food system, senior issues, healthcare, social equity, workforce development and family asset building. She serves on the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Leadership Council, Feeding San Diego’s Programs & Policy Committee, and is a founding member and past Steering Committee member of the San Diego Food System Alliance. Past leadership positions include Founding Chair of San Diego Grantmakers’ Food Funders Collaborative, Chair of San Diego Grantmakers’ Homelessness Working Group, Executive Committee member of the Alliance for Regional Solutions, and member of United Way’s Income Vision Council. Anahid has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College.