Westside Food Bank’s staff is a group of diverse and talented individuals who, with the help of over 600 volunteers annually, are committed to serving food-insecure people and ending hunger.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Genevieve Riutort, President and Chief Executive Officer
Genevieve brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and management to her role as Westside Food bank’s leader. Her personal experience as a single woman of color raising a family amidst food and housing insecurity informs her hunger relief and anti-poverty work. Born and raised in Bronx, NY, as a child Genevieve benefited from numerous social service programs including food assistance, childcare, summer camp, performing arts, and scholarship programs. Years later, as a single mother of three in the midst of a divorce, Genevieve relied on government safety net programs such as SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) WIC, state subsidized healthcare, and subsidized housing. It was getting a job at Westside Food Bank in 2004 that put her on the path out of poverty and being able to support her family.
Genevieve is passionate about bringing innovative approaches to difficult problems and collaborating for community impact. She loves sharing her expertise in nonprofit management, fundraising, communications and media relations to lift others up and expand the collective impact of the social good sector. Over her more than 20-year career in the nonprofit world she has provided education on issues and impact through workshops and presentations, by facilitating meetings and roundtables, organizing conferences and convenings, and providing coaching and mentoring.
She has worked at Westside Food Bank since 2004, previously serving as Deputy Director and Chief Development Officer. WSFB’s income has more than tripled during her tenure with strong support from private foundations and individuals.
She plays a key role on WSFB’s Strategic Planning Committee and works on updating systems, revising policies, staff engagement, emergency preparedness and disaster planning. She facilitates communication and coordination between multiple food service providers in West Los Angeles County working with the Westside Coalition on Housing, Hunger and Health as well as Westside Food Bank’s member agencies.
Genevieve has represented Westside Food Bank in hundreds of media appearances including on-air interviews for radio and television programs, podcasts, webinars, live talks, and newspaper and magazine articles. She was the host and producer of the City TV Santa Monica talk show Nonprofit Profiles for 3 seasons where she interviewed nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers, and clients and has produced numerous promotional videos and PSAs.
She currently serves on the Board of Cornerstone Theater Company which makes new plays with and about communities. She formerly served as Vice President of Communications on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Los Angeles Chapter and helps to produce its Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration and Conference, most recently serving as co-chair of the event committee. For over a decade she served on the Board of the Nonprofit Communications and Media Network, helping to provide media competency training, forge connections, and create community between nonprofit and news media professionals. She is now the mother of 3 young adults and enjoys performing at live storytelling shows in her free time.
Chief Operating Officer
Yvonne Leung, Chief Operating Officer
Yvonne Leung is the Chief Operating Officer at Westside Food Bank, overseeing the day-to-day operation of the food bank. She started at WSFB as a volunteer in 2004, and was hired as WSFB’s Program Director in 2005. She became the Director of Operations in 2014 and was promoted into her current role in 2022. Yvonne is passionate about harnessing technology to improve existing systems and increase efficiency. She spearheaded the process of transitioning WSFB to using the Primarius inventory system, which has been invaluable for effective food distribution during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yvonne developed an operations manual and digitized it into a wiki, allowing staff to update the manual as their work evolves. She also created an online web app for scheduling the food bank’s food drives, leading to better communication with donors and easier tracking for staff. She enjoys learning new things and applying that knowledge to her work.
Yvonne is a key member of Westside Food Bank’s Strategic Planning team and is currently focused on developing initiatives to expand the provision of healthy food to underserved populations. She is also a Board Member on West Los Angeles College’s Food Pantry Advisory Board.
Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside
Allison Griffith, Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside
Allison Griffith has been working at Westside Food Bank for over 20 years. She has a passion for helping transitional-aged foster youth and ran a program that served young women transitioning out of foster care for many years. Allison enjoys working closely with Westside Food Bank’s member agencies. She connects perishable food donors with agencies, and coordinates Westside Food Bank’s large individual, community and corporate volunteer program. Allison also finds great satisfaction in helping our veterans. She is deeply grateful that WSFB’s direct service program to veterans was entrusted to her to run in 2016. She loves working with the other Westside Food Bank staff and is grateful to be part of the WSFB team. She is also grateful to be able to bring Peanut, her beloved chihuahua, to work everyday.
Donielle Arbon*, Development Strategist
Crissi Avila, Development Manager
Crissi Avila is Westside Food Bank’s Development Manager. She currently works with the Director of Development on several initiatives related to fundraising and communications including donor relations and customer service, fundraising reports, events and Board support.
Prior to her arrival at Westside Food Bank, Crissi spent several years in the real estate industry as a Broker and Investor. Since graduating college, she has been volunteering for a variety of nonprofits across Los Angeles and was recently serving as Co-President of the League of Women Voters, Los Angeles. When she’s not at Westside Food Bank or reading the latest political news, she is out hiking, taking a road trip, or networking!
Milton Gonzalez, Warehouse Manager
Milton Gonzalez has worked at Westside Food Bank since 1983. With a spotless driving record, astounding forklift wizardry, and a generous spirit, Milton is an invaluable member of the team and admired for his dedication and positivity. As Warehouse Manager, he has trained and mentored fellow warehouse staff. He is a reliable, friendly face for the growing number of agencies that receive food from the Westside Food Bank. He has witnessed changes in LA and especially recognizes a need for the Food Bank as the middle class shrinks and the cost of living rises. Milton was born in Ecuador and moved to Connecticut with his family at 5 years old. He is also well-known on the Westside for his hand-crafted robots. Each robot is unique and beautiful – a fitting symbol of Milton’s creativity, determination, and fun-loving spirit.
Assistant Warehouse Manager
Rocael Garcia, Assistant Warehouse Manager
Rocael Garcia has worked at Westside Food Bank for over 30 years as the Assistant Warehouse Manager. He was introduced to Westside Food Bank through Warehouse Manager Milton Gonzalez’s family. Rocael is very organized and efficient with paperwork. In his spare time, he likes watching soccer, especially the World Cup. He also works out for two hours a day, five days a week.
Steve Potik, Warehouse Specialist
Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
Marshelle Fair, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO
Quincy Gibson, Inventory Administrator
Quincy Gibson grew up in the Los Angeles area and brings a breadth of Warehouse and Logistics experience.
Development and Communications Associate
Kaitlyn Little, Development and Communications Associate
Hector Morales, Warehouse Assistant
Chief Canine Officer
Peanut, Chief Canine Officer
Peanut is Westside Food Bank’s youngest team member. As Chief Canine Officer, Peanut provides daily support to all staff members. She is in charge of a wide array of duties including mail sniffing, tennis ball chasing, morale boosting, doorbell back-up, and volunteer greeting. Peanut regularly attends meetings, and is not afraid to speak up and voice her opinions in every room she walks into. She is a proud and loyal WSFB team member. You can find Peanut on Westside Food Bank’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages as a frequent contributor and model. She enjoys dressing up for every holiday – especially those that can include a tutu. Outside of work, she enjoys going on short but frequent walks and cuddling with her feline and guinea pig roommates.
Members of Westside Food Bank’s dedicated and passionate Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise in pursuit of our mission through governance, long-range planning and fundraising.
Chair of the Board:
JP Morgan Chase
Pacific Western Bank
Gary Bachrach, CPA
Growing Good Inc.
Morgan Stanley (Retired)
Capital Research & Management Company
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP (Retired)
Change Home Mortgage
Researcher, Cardiovascular Physiology
1st Century Bank
St. Joseph Center
St. Matthew’s School (Retired)
Lido Advisors, Inc.
Forest Lawn Mortuaries (Retired)
Auxiliary Board members come from across industries and communities to invest in Westside Food Bank’s mission. The next generation of donors and advocates, they generate new partnerships and resources, recruit volunteers and donors, and raise funds for WSFB programs. Contact Westside Food Bank's Development Manager, Crissi Avila, to learn more about joining this dynamic group of leaders and young professionals. Pictured below: Auxiliary Board Chair Cassidy Castro-Wallhorn (C), Founding Members Ana Hernandez Robles (L) and Misbah Mayet (R). Not pictured: Auxiliary Board member Ariella Spector.