Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols serves as Chief Movement Officer at Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. In this newly created position that oversees External Affairs and Communication, she has a critical leadership role in the organization’s efforts to engage the public in a movement to end hunger in America, position Feeding America as a thought leader on issues related to food insecurity, promote civic engagement in our mission and mobilize the public to support solutions that help the people we serve. Essential to the work she leads is deepening understanding and elevating the voices of people with lived experience in the cultivation of solutions within their communities.
With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector, Ruth has helped lead transformational efforts to address the root causes of hunger. Most recently, she served as the President and Chief Executive Officer for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of the Feeding America network. There, she led the evolution of the organization’s business strategy to eliminate hunger through innovative partnerships and direct distribution programs focused on social justice and racial equity.
Earlier in her career, Ruth was the Executive Director of the YWCA South Hampton Roads and Director of Resource Development for District of Columbia Public Schools. She began her career as a social worker.
She holds a doctorate in social work from the Catholic University of America, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of William & Mary.