Leslie Bacho serves as CEO of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, one of the largest food banks in the nation and a trusted nonprofit leader in ending local hunger. Leslie joined Second Harvest in 2017 after serving as Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for 19 years.
Under her leadership, Second Harvest has sharpened its focus on reducing barriers and providing food when, where and how people need it, resulting in a more client-centric approach to food banking. In 2020, Leslie led Second Harvest through the COVID-19 pandemic, which required the organization to almost immediately double the amount of free groceries it provides (ultimately serving more than 450,000 people per month) and significantly change its service delivery model.
Additionally, Leslie has served in various leadership capacities with the national anti-hunger organization, Feeding America, currently serves on the board of the California Association of Food Banks and is a member of Santa Clara University’s Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board.
She was selected to be among the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2020 Women of Influence honorees. Leslie earned her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA from Duke University. She resides with her family in San Francisco.