Leslie Bacho joined Second Harvest of Silicon Valley in 2017, after serving as the chief operating officer at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for 19 years. She brings a wealth of food banking experience and a track record of success creating innovative solutions to reach more people with nutritious food. Leslie has dedicated her career to ensuring that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one.
Since taking the helm as CEO of Second Harvest, one of the largest food banks in the nation, the organization has significantly increased its impact – both in the number of people served and total pounds distributed. Under her leadership, Second Harvest has also sharpened its focus on reducing barriers and providing food when, where and how people need it – a more client-centric approach to food-banking – including launching an exciting initiative to pilot and scale new distribution models that will make healthy groceries more accessible.
During her tenure at SF-Marin Food Bank, Leslie led efforts to more than quadruple the amount of food provided to the community by significantly expanding the organization’s network of pantries, dramatically growing the volunteer program, and shifting the product mix from canned goods to fresh produce. Leslie also led efforts to merge the San Francisco and Marin food banks.
Prior to her food banking career, Leslie served as brand manager with the Clorox Company. She has served in various leadership capacities with the national anti-hunger organization Feeding America, 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 also 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 lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children.