(MEMPHIS FOOD BANK NEWS RELEASE) – The Mid-South Food Bank Board of Directors announced today that, effective August 20, 2019, Cathy T. Pope will become the organization’s new President & Chief Executive Officer. Pope has a strong record of building and leading high performing, cohesive teams across multiple geographies. Most recently, she was President & CEO of Feeding the Gulf Coast food bank based in Theodore, Alabama. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Middle Georgia. She has also worked for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and as a math instructor. She began her career as a network engineer for AT&T.
“We are pleased to welcome Cathy as President & CEO. She is deeply committed to serving others and continuing our mission of ending food insecurity in the communities we serve,” said Florence Hervery, chair of the Mid-South Food Bank Board of Directors.
Pope has a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Georgia Southwestern State University.
Pope serves on Feeding America’s Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee, BancorpSouth’s Corporate Community Advisory Council, and on the board of Southeast Regional Cooperative, a 501(c)3 organization focused on providing fresh produce to Feeding America food banks in that region. In June 2019, Pope was recognized as a Leading Lady by the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama for her community support.
Pope will succeed Estella Mayhue-Greer, who has announced her plans to retire. Mayhue-Greer joined Mid-South Food Bank in 1996 and became President & CEO in 2011. Under her leadership, the Food Bank increased distribution of nutritious food, added programs for children and seniors and led the successful $12.5 million capital campaign and opening of a new facility in July.