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Colleen Barton Sutton                                                            

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2024 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) today announced that its president, Luis Guardia, has stepped down effective April 5, 2024. Coming on board in 2020, Guardia led FRAC through what is now understood to have been our nation’s greatest hunger crisis, caused as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The FRAC Board of Directors expressed appreciation for Guardia’s dedication and leadership in advancing FRAC’s mission to eradicate poverty-related hunger and improve food security for all people in America. As FRAC’s first leader of color, Guardia oversaw a new strategic direction and prioritized the integration of racial equity principles into the organization. Working alongside a team of dedicated advocates, FRAC strengthened its bi-partisan policy engagement, developed new state and local partnerships to further its mission, and advocated for the first White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in over 50 years.

The FRAC Board of Directors has named Chief Program Officer Kelly Horton as interim president to ensure a seamless transition and maintain the organization’s critical work.

FRAC remains steadfast in its commitment to fighting poverty-related hunger, including advocating for policies that address the root causes of food insecurity. The organization will continue its vital work to ensure that all individuals, regardless of economic status, have access to nutritious and affordable food.

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