Rise Against Hunger Announces Barry Mattson As Chief Executive Officer

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Rise Against Hunger, the international hunger relief non-profit, announced that it has appointed Barry Mattson as the organization’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective March 16, 2020.

Barry Mattson joins Rise Against Hunger at an important time as his expertise in non-profit operations and focus on global impact will be paramount to continuing the organization’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #2 of achieving zero hunger by 2030. Walt Gaskin, Rise Against Hunger Board Chair, says, “Barry is a phenomenal leader with extensive experience in non-profit management and a career dedicated to serving others. His passion for eradicating world hunger is evident and will be invaluable to our organization. As Rise Against Hunger looks to the future and, more specifically, to 2030, we are deeply grateful for Barry’s guidance as we deepen our impact on the communities we serve around the world.”

“As CEO, I am excited to advance Rise Against Hunger’s global commitment,” says Mattson. “I gravitate toward audacious goals, which is one of the many reasons I am honored to commit to Rise Against Hunger’s mission of achieving a world without hunger. I believe hunger and poverty are solvable issues when undertaken through local community leadership.”

Rise Against Hunger has four pathways to end hunger: nourishing lives by supporting nutrition-based safety net programs, empowering communities through agricultural development and business training initiatives, responding to emergencies through distributing food and aid to those affected by disasters and crises, and growing the movement to end hunger by encouraging volunteerism and advocacy. In 2019, Rise Against Hunger meals nourished more than 1,790,000 lives around the world.

Prior to joining Rise Against Hunger, Mattson most recently served as Vice President, Regional Operations for The Mission Continues, where his responsibilities included leading a diverse staff and running operations for 56 cities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Additionally, he has over a decade of extensive experience in capacity building, international supply chain management, agribusiness, civic engagement, and donor stewardship. He has also lived and worked in Ethiopia as the Founding Team Leader for Nuru International, and speaks Amharic, Wolaytta, and Spanish. Mattson served combat deployments in both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army in Iraq.

Barry holds a BS in Biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Development and International Security Studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

About Rise Against Hunger
Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization, aims to show the world that it is, in fact, possible to end hunger by the year 2030. With 28 U.S. locations and five international offices, the organization is committed to nourishing lives, providing emergency aid, empowering communities and growing the hunger movement. Rise Against Hunger has facilitated volunteer meal packaging of more than 537 million meals to be distributed to countries around the world. To find out more about Rise Against Hunger’s efforts to end hunger worldwide, please visit http://www.riseagainsthunger.org.

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