Randi Shubin Dresner

Randi Shubin Dresner has been with Island Harvest Food Bank since 2001, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for most of her tenure.  Under her direction, Island Harvest has increased its income by more than 463 % and its distribution of meals helping people in need has increased by more than 196 % in the past thirteen years alone.  During this time, the organization has expanded programming to include advocacy, food-insecurity root cause analysis and action, the creation of a Workforce Skills Development Institute, holistic programming, and the acquisition of an organic farm.

The New York State governor appointed Randi Shubin Dresner to serve on the NYS Council on Hunger and Food Policy and the College Council at Farmingdale State College. She serves on many councils and boards including the Suffolk County Food Policy Council, The Long Island Food Council, the Consultive Council of Non-Profit Leaders for Charity Navigator, and an Advisory Disaster Response Council for Feeding America.  Randi is a frequent guest speaker at the national and local levels, contributing writer about issues related to human service needs, people-first terminology, poverty, and more. She is a member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College (a regional ethical-leadership academy). Recently, Randi has also checked off a radio talk show and podcast host from her bucket list “Conversations with Randi Shubin Dresner”.

Randi served as adjunct faculty at Long Island University at CW Post and Molloy College spanning more than 25 years, served as the Co-Chair of the State University of New York (SUNY) Task Force on Food Insecurity and was Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Feeding New York State.  Prior to joining Island Harvest Food Bank, Randi was a partner in a successful development consulting firm and made her mark at several national and local nonprofit organizations, including the Heckscher Museum of Art, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, The Viscardi Center, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Randi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of law from St. Joseph’s College in 2013. She is a lifelong and proud resident of Long Island, NY.