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Exciting Updates from the Staff at Hunger Solutions New York

By June 30, 2023July 5th, 2023No Comments

Congratulations Cody Bloomfield, recent graduate of ENLA!

We are excited to see our employees learn and grow. Today we would like to celebrate Cody Bloomfield (she/they), who recently graduated from the Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator Program (ENLA). Cody is the Afterschool and Summer Meals Specialist at Hunger Solutions New York, where she works to expand access to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). They bring a wealth of experience in community outreach and engagement across various topics and programs, and we are so excited to have her! Cody joins us today to discuss more about this program and what they learned from their experience there.

“After completing the Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator program (more affectionately known as ENLA), I believe it is integral to the health of the Capital Region’s nonprofit sector. Through the program, I learned valuable, practical skills relating to my position and the robust functioning of a nonprofit organization. From leadership styles to strategic planning, the skill-building workshops offered by visiting experts were incredibly rich. Even more valuable, perhaps, were the connections made within my cohort and among the ENLA alumni. The 2023 cohort featured folks from the Food Pantries of the Capital Region and Free Food Fridges, allowing for important networking with individuals from similar fields.

Group photo of the ENLA graduates

The Whole 2023 ENLA Cohort

“At the recent ENLA graduation, I was one of a handful of speakers who shared their experiences. Here’s a small excerpt: ‘When I applied to ENLA, I spoke about my desire to help weave a net of support so tight that no one could ever slip through. After meeting so many amazing movers and shakers from the Capital Region’s nonprofit sector and working, thinking, and strategizing alongside them, I believe that ENLA has laid the groundwork for this desire to become a reality.’”

Cody with the program co-facilitators, Daquetta Jones (L) and Pam Skripak (R)

Welcoming Joel Bhuiyan, the new Director of Project Management!

 

In June, Hunger Solutions New York welcomed Joel Bhuiyan (he/him) as the new Director of Project Management. Joel joins us with extensive experience in project management, especially reporting, handling contracts with providers, and managing federal funding. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in both Religion and Government from Wesleyan University and later earned his Masters in Public Administration from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College. Before coming to Hunger Solutions New York, Joel worked for the New York State Office of Addiction Service and Supports, where he led a team of three who collectively drafted, released, awarded, and monitored RFAs/RFPs and contracts with providers within the OASAS network.

Joel was drawn to Hunger Solutions New York because of our impact on policy and work to connect people to food assistance programs across New York State. He hopes to help organize some of the internal and external reporting, as well as ensure a streamlined process with deliverables and project management.

In his free time, Joel likes to check out planets and stars through his telescope, race RC and slot cars, and attend outdoor events in the Capital Region with his kids. Welcome Joel!