Derrick Chubbs, President and Chief Executive Officer
Derrick joined the Food Bank in November of 2016, coming to us from the American Red Cross, where he served as National Vice President of Humanitarian Services for Disaster Workforce Readiness.
Prior to that Derrick served in various leadership roles for the Red Cross, including Division Vice President for the Southwest and Rocky Mountains Division, and CEO of the American Red Cross of Central Texas.
Before that, Derrick spent 20 years in the for-profit technology sector at companies such as IBM, Pervasive Software, and Dell.
He has served on the Board of Directors (including two years as Chair) for Easter Seals Central Texas, the Advisory Board for the Pinnacle Campus of Austin Community College, and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Management Department of Austin Community College.
Derrick is a graduate of the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and has earned certificates in Project Management and Managerial Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alan Robinson, Chief Financial Officer
Alan joined the Food Bank team as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2013. Prior to his current role, Alan gained 22 years of not-for-profit experience at College Houses, Inc. and Goodwill Industries of Central Texas. As CFO he is responsible for the overall Food Bank finances and ensuring that the management team has all of the information they need to fulfill the mission of nourishing hungry people and leading the community in ending hunger.
Alan was born in Mississippi, but considers himself a naturalized Texan. He graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Alan and his wife Susan enjoy cooking, reading, traveling, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.
Emily DeMaria, Chief Program Officer
Emily De Maria joined the Food Bank in August 2011 and is Chief Program Officer. In this role she directs programs and services that directly reach Central Texans in need and allow the Food Bank to tackle the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education.
Prior to her current role, Emily spent 10 years with United Way at the national and local levels, most notably as Vice President, Community Impact Development for United Way Worldwide (UWW). In this role, she led the development of UWW’s national initiative – the United Way Financial Stability Partnership™ - which promotes community-change strategies to help low-income families meet their basic needs, while building long-term financial stability.
She has spent her career directing a diverse range of national and local programs and building strategic partnerships and innovative initiatives that provide measurable results on important community issues.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and government, and a Master’s degree in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is a board member of RAISE Texas and the Central Texas Chapter of MADD and has served as a board member of Literacy Texas, the Central Texas Emergency Food and Shelter Board and the Austin Achievement Zone. Emily was a member of Leadership Austin’s Essentials Class of 2014 and was a 2009 recipient of the FDIC’s Pioneer Award for her work helping low-income Central Texans access affordable financial services.
Emily and her husband Mark Nicola have three boys and enjoy Texas music, traveling and spending time outdoors.
Mark Jackson, Chief Development Officer
Mark joined the Food Bank in February, 2010 and prior to his current role served as Development Director at Project Transitions, a Food Bank Partner Agency that provides hospice and housing support. Mark is responsible for securing and stewarding gifts from individuals and foundations to support operations and programming at the Food Bank. His team inspires the community to provide resources to nourish our most vulnerable neighbors and allow the Food Bank to grow to meet the increasing need for support in Central Texas.
Mark graduated with a Bachelor’s in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder and moved to Austin in 2004. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, supporting the advancement of the fundraising profession internationally. He and his wife are avid cyclists and love to support non-profits by participating in charity cycling events throughout Texas.
Jeff Gonzales, Director of Operations
Jeff joined the Food Bank in 2016. He is currently responsible for overseeing the operations department which includes warehouse, facilities, and transportation. The operations team works together to ensure that our clients receive high-quality food in an efficient manner while ensuring that all Feeding America, USDA, FDA, and DOT regulations are exceeded.
Jeff began his career in the United States Air Force where he specialized in aerospace and defense. He gained over 25 years of experience in operations management—with 18 of those at a senior level—in aerospace, food manufacturing, supply chain, and fabrication. After two years on the building committee for St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and the Diocese of Austin, he discovered his passion for nonprofit work. He is very grateful to serve the Central Texas community in his current role, utilizing his expertise in both operational management and flow processes.
Jeff gained experience in aero-propulsion technology, lean concepts, and business management from the United States Air Force College, leading him to live in multiple cities and states. Always remembering his roots, Jeff and his wife, Judy, have lived in Kyle, Texas, for the past 26 years, raising their 3 children and 1 grandchild. If he’s not at work, you’ll find him in a cowboy hat volunteering at his local parish.
Heath Ribordy, Director of Agency Services
Heath joined the Food Bank in 2012. His team oversees the Food Bank’s relationships with hundreds of Partner Agencies, the food sourcing operations that equal 87% of the nearly 40 million pounds we distribute annually, and our production kitchen. Always on the lookout for new ideas to help us feed more people efficiently, he has spearheaded such innovations as our Agency Retail Pickup program and our Produce Hubs.
Heath began his career in the food industry as a sales representative with Kraft Foods, then moved to Austin to lead a regional merger with newly acquired Nabisco. During a volunteer shift at the Food Bank, he realized that he wanted to get more involved in fighting hunger and soon became part of our team.
Heath is a native Texan and earned his BA in Public Relations at Texas Tech University. When he isn’t working, you’ll find him spending time outdoors with his wife and young son.