Brian Burton, an Arkansas native, has recently been appointed as the new chief executive officer of The Arkansas Foodbank. Burton will succeed current CEO Rhona Sanders, who will soon be retiring.
Burton has 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, including 11 years as the head of Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas.
“We’re grateful to have had Rhonda at the helm the last 10 years, and as a result of her leadership, the organization is stronger and more impactful than ever before,” said Anton Janik, the Foodbank’s board president. “With Burton’s wealth of experience and knowledge about not only food banking, but organizational growth, strategy, public policy and fundraising, the future of our organization holds great promise.”
Burton was selected as a result of a nation-wide recruitment process with more than 130 candidates, but his experience and past success set him apart from the rest. During his time at Three Square Food Bank, the amount of food that the organization was able to provide to the community nearly tripled. His fields of expertise include rapid organizational growth and development, program sustainability, community engagement, public policy work, and diversified funding.
“It’s been a life-changing joy to spend 11 years in Las Vegas leading Three Square Food Bank and seeing truly how generous a large community can be, through donations and in spirit and service,” Burton said. “But, as they say, ‘home is where the heart is,’ and I look forward to getting back to Arkansas to inspire and lead the way for the next chapter of the Arkansas Foodbank.”