Kate Leone has been named Senior Vice President of Government Relations and a member of the Executive Team of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization announced today. She will start on July 17 and be based in the D.C. office.
Leone will oversee public policy, government relations and advocacy teams as well as lead the efforts to advance Feeding America’s policy priorities through legislative and regulatory initiatives—working with Congress, federal agencies and the White House.
“Kate has extensive experience in defending legislation that protects people in need,” said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. “Her talent, skills, passion and collaborative track record working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle will help us to make tremendous strides in the fight to end hunger.”
Leone comes to Feeding America from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-NH) office, where she most recently served as general counsel. Before that, she spent 12 years as the chief health counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Legislative initiatives Leone led for Senator Reid include the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Amendments Act, and the FDA Safety and Innovations Act, among others.
Prior to joining Senator Reid’s staff, Leone served as counsel to the previous Senate Democratic Leader, Tom Daschle (D-SD), and worked as a senior policy advisor on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. Her previous experience includes working on health care matters as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division.
Leone holds a bachelor’s in American Studies from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. She’s also an active member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women.
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Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.