Accelerate the Advancement of Women Leaders in the Food Industry
Senior Leadership Team

Kathryn Lyons

Chief Growth Officer

Chief Growth Officer

Before taking the role as Chief Growth Officer at Women’s Foodservice Forum, Kathryn has held several leadership positions in her nearly twenty years in fundraising and corporate partnership development. Kathryn spent nearly nine years at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, as Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships. In this position, Kathryn led a dynamic team responsible for the growth and development of Feeding America’s new corporate partnerships, helping secure more than $100 million in transformational funding to support strategic initiatives like the organization’s senior hunger, food rescue and produce programs.  Kathryn also established and built Feeding America’s employee engagement function which connects corporate employees with giving and volunteer opportunities in support of the hunger issue.

Previously, Kathryn served as Vice President of Development for Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, also known as Breast Cancer Network of Strength, a support-driven organization with its primary program, a 24-hour National Hotline, staffed entirely by trained breast cancer survivors. In her 11 years, Kathryn was largely responsible for the growth of its signature Mother’s Day events, drawing thousands of corporate and family teams across the country, and raising millions of dollars annually.    

A native of Chicago, Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. Kathryn is raising two daughters with her husband Brian.


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