(MEMPHIS FOOD BANK NEWS RELEASE) – The Mid-South Food BankBoard of Directors announced today that, effective August 20, 2019, Cathy T.Pope will become the organization’s new President & Chief ExecutiveOfficer. Pope has a strong record ofbuilding and leading high performing, cohesive teams across multiplegeographies. Most recently, she wasPresident & CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank based in Theodore,Alabama. Prior to that, she served asExecutive Director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia. She has also worked for the Susan G. KomenFoundation and as a math instructor. Shebegan her career as a network engineer for AT&T.
“We are pleased to welcome Cathy as President & CEO. Sheis deeply committed to serving others and continuing our mission of ending foodinsecurity in the communities we serve,” said Florence Hervery, chair of theMid-South Food Bank Board of Directors.
Pope has a Master of Business Administration from TexasChristian University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Georgia StateUniversity and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgia SouthwesternState University.
Pope serves on Feeding America’s Policy Engagement andAdvocacy Committee, BancorpSouth’s Corporate Community Advisory Council, and onthe board of Southeast Regional Cooperative, a 501(c)3 organization focused onproviding fresh produce to Feeding America food banks in that region. In June 2019, Pope was recognized as aLeading Lady by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama for her community support.
Pope will succeed Estella Mayhue-Greer, who has announcedher plans to retire. Mayhue-Greer joinedMid-South Food Bank in 1996 and became President & CEO in 2011. Under her leadership, the Food Bank increaseddistribution of nutritious food, added programs for children and seniors andled the successful $12.5 million capital campaign and opening of a new facilityin July.