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 & CEO
Genevieve Riutort, President & CEO
Genevieve Riutort was born and raised in the Bronx, in New York City and came to Los Angeles seeking a career in entertainment, but found her passion in the nonprofit world. She began working at WSFB in 2004 and currently serves as the President/CEO. Having been on both the giving and receiving side of nonprofit social service, she has a unique understanding of both the challenges faced by low-income families and the nonprofit organizations that serve them. She designs, executes and oversees WSFB’s fund development strategy including fundraising, grant writing, event planning, donor relations, database management, communications, public relations, and marketing and plays a key role in the organization’s Strategic Planning Committee. She has helped to nearly triple WSFB’s income during her tenure with strong support from private foundations and individuals. Genevieve was among the 2018 cohort of graduates of the Center for Nonprofit Management’s Next Leaders Development Program. She currently serves on the Board of Cornerstone Theater Company and was previously an officer on the Board of the Nonprofit Communications and Media Network, and on the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Los Angeles Chapter. She was also the host and producer of the City TV Santa Monica program Nonprofit Profiles for 3 seasons and teaches workshops on nonprofit fundraising strategies. She is 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.
Anita Bela Bohm
Director of Development
Anita Bela Bohm, Director of Development
Anita Bela Bohm is an experienced, passionate and successful nonprofit fundraiser with 20 years’ experience in nonprofit fundraising with mission-driven nonprofit, advocacy, higher education, and health care/research institutions. Her nonprofit development experience has largely focused on grantsmanship and grant-related fundraising, evaluation and stewardship, development, and external communications (Annual Reports, newsletters, reports, social media content), and major gift cultivation.
Anita is dedicated to implementing effective strategies for successful grant seeking, foundation, corporate and government fundraising, major gift cultivation, and stewardship. She believes in incorporating strong program evaluations, demonstrating strong outcomes, and including advocacy and policy work as an integral part of advancing an organization’s mission. Anita earned her undergraduate degrees in Government and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, her Master of Social Work in Political Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and her Certification in Nonprofit Governance and Leadership from Rice University.
Anita is a long-time human rights activist. She enjoys singing, playing piano and violin, dancing, cooking, gathering with friends, writing, learning languages, enjoying natural beauty, and all adventures by, in, and on the ocean.
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!
Brittney Calhoun, Operations Specialist
Brittney Calhoun has worked and dedicated more than 5 years to Westside Food Bank to help achieve their mission. Brittney joined the WSFB family in 2014 as an intern working with her current supervisor, Yvonne Leung, on the Food Bank’s internal operational manual. Recognized for her passion and talent, Brittney was promoted from Administrative Assistant to Operations Specialist in 2020. She currently assists all staff with office operations, but her biggest focus is working closely with WSFB’s Director of Operations, Yvonne Leung, on agency organization and administration, internal operations, and food management.
Brittney received a BA in English with a focus in Creative Writing from California State University of Northridge. This degree has enabled her greatly to direct WSFB’s social media presence. She was chosen to receive the Westside Coalition on Housing, Hunger and Health’s Outstanding Service Award for her work at Westside Food Bank. In her free time, Brittney enjoys crafting, being outdoors, participating in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life each year, and recently joining the American Brain Tumor Association’s fundraising efforts.
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
Quincy Gibson, Inventory Administrator
Quincy Gibson is our newest addition to Westside Food Bank. He grew up in the Los Angeles area and brings a breadth of Warehouse and Logistics experience.
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.
Ms. Shivaun Cooney
Latham & Watkins LLP
Ms. Susan Choo
JP Morgan Chase
Mr. David Wisen
Pacific Western Bank
Mr. Eric Peltz
At Large Directors:
Mr. Gary Bachrach
Gary Bachrach, CPA
Mr. Steven Bauer
Growing Good Inc.
Mr. Barry Glaser
Ms. Charlene Kim
Capital Research & Management Company
Ms. Chidera Izuchukwu
Mr. Roger Lustberg
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Ms. Rebecca Mais
Mr. Alex Milley
Dr. Scherise Mitchell-Jordan
Researcher, Cardiovascular Physiology
Ms. Carolina Morera
1st Century Bank
Ms. Maggie Nemser
Dr. Roger Riske
Mr. Bruce Rosen
Mr. Spencer Smith
Ms. Rosie Strickland
St. Matthew’s School
Mr. Jeffrey Westheimer
Lido Advisors, Inc
Mr. Daniel Weinrot
Ms Barbara Whittenburg
Mr. Russell Whittenburg
Forest Lawn Mortuaries
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, Aviva Kraus, 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.