Montgomery County Food Bank Announces New Director of Development
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX – Montgomery County Food Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Rifaat as its new Director of Development. In her role, Rifaat will oversee the Food Bank’s development department which is responsible for donor relations, fundraising activities, community outreach and marketing and communications initiatives.
Rifaat brings almost 30 years of nonprofit experience to her role. She most recently served as Director of Development for Community Assistance Center, a nonprofit social service organization providing basic needs assistance and case management services to neighbors in need throughout Montgomery County. Prior to her role with Community Assistance Center, Rifaat spent her entire professional career in the nonprofit sector serving others through the Lighthouse of Houston, Interfaith of The Woodlands, and Interfaith Community Clinic. Rifaat is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery County and has enthusiastically supported many local organizations and causes over the years.
“I am pleased to welcome Kathy to the Montgomery County Food Bank family and senior leadership team,” said Kristine Marlow, President and CEO of Montgomery County Food Bank. “I am confident Kathy’s seasoned nonprofit and leadership experience will greatly benefit the Food Bank and the many neighbors we serve. Fighting hunger is a calling, and we are blessed that Kathy has answered the call.”
“I am honored and excited to join the extraordinary team that makes up Montgomery County Food Bank,” said Rifaat. “I look forward to heading up our development efforts to ensure the Food Bank’s mission is met with the necessary resources.”
Rifaat holds a bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and has been a resident in The Woodlands for over 20 years. Since 2005, Rifaat has volunteered with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, currently serving on the Chamber’s Diplomat Team and as Team Leader for its Business After Hours events. In past roles at the Chamber, Rifaat served as a member of the Board of Directors and Team Leader for both the Community Relations Team and Chairman’s Ball.
Rifaat’s predecessor, Jamie Dietrich, is moving back to her home state of Arkansas with her husband, Scott, who recently accepted a leadership position at the University of Arkansas. “It has been a true blessing to work with Jamie,” said Marlow. “In her tenure, Jamie brought Montgomery County Food Bank and its development department to great heights. I wish her and her husband the best as they embark on this new and exciting journey in Arkansas. Jamie will be missed dearly.”
Montgomery County Food Bank is a nonprofit, hunger relief organization dedicated to uniting the community to fight hunger. Montgomery County Food Bank provides meals to families, seniors and children who lack access to wholesome nourishing food through a network of 70+ partner agencies, local school districts and community partners. Through partnerships with local retailers and wholesalers, Montgomery County Food Bank receives and purposefully distributes donated and surplus food. True to its mission, Montgomery County Food Bank works alongside volunteers, corporate and community partners, and nonprofit agencies to build a community where everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food.
Montgomery County Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, partner of Houston Food Bank, member of Feeding Texas and distribution partner of Feeding America.