Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CEO for Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

January 4, 2022 – Los Angeles-based Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Claudia Bonilla Keller as chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, in California. Second Harvest board chair Dave Coffaro, speaking on behalf of the board of directors, said: “Claudia is the right leader to carry the organization into the future.” Mr. Coffaro, who has been serving as interim CEO since the departure of Harald Herrmann, will help support Ms. Keller through January to ensure a smooth transition.

Ms. Keller has served as chief mission officer since January 2020. She becomes the food bank’s second female to hold the top leadership position. “Second Harvest Food Bank is an organization that exemplifies excellence in everything we do,” said Ms. Keller. “I’m honored to work with a great team of staff, board members, our partner network, donors and the community. I’m thrilled to lead the organization in our next phase of assuring food security for all in Orange County.”

Prior to joining Second Harvest, Ms. Keller was with LA Promise Fund, American Heart Association and St. John. She is involved in several Orange County organizations. Ms. Keller is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Society at the University of California, Irvine, which supports the School of Social Sciences, and she was an original co-chair of the society. Last September, Ms. Keller received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Social Sciences, given to one alum from each school within the university. She is a planning commissioner with the city of Placentia, CA.

Second Harvest was founded in 1983 and today employs 77 team members. In fiscal year 2021, the organization distributed nearly 60 million pounds of food through its partner network and served over 489,000 people per month on average. Its partners include houses of worship, schools, after-school programs, senior centers, shelters for the unhoused, soup kitchens and transitional housing facilities, and have hundreds of locations throughout the county.

Proven Recruiters

Shelli Herman and Associates has a long roster of clients, including Otis College of Art and Design, Catalina Island Conservancy, the Annenberg Foundation, Pacific Northwest College of Art, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and University of California, Los Angeles.

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Shelli Herman and Associates has assisted in the placement of Jon Forrest Dohlin as the new chief executive officer of Fresno Chaffee Zoo. He becomes the organization’s eighth leader and will succeed retiring CEO Scott Barton. “We’re pleased that Jon has agreed to join the Fresno Chaffee Zoo team, and I believe that the zoo’s ability to recruit talent of his stature speaks to its importance to the people of Fresno as well as the international zoo and aquarium community,” said Fresno mayor Lee Brand. “The zoo’s position as a leading educational and cultural institution will be enhanced through Jon’s leadership and we look forward to welcoming him to our great city.”

Shelli Herman, who has 20 years of executive recruitment experience, has a strong record of leading searches and building upper management teams for a diverse clientele, including Fortune 500 companies. She has completed senior-level assignments in many industries, including consumer products, healthcare, high technology, and finance, as well as for non-profit and cultural organizations.

A sampling of Ms. Herman’s personal client roster includes AICAD: the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design; the Annenberg Foundation; the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation; California Institute of the Arts; The Capital Group Companies Inc.; City Year Los Angeles; Loyola Marymount University; Maryland Institute College of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park); the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of California, Irvine; and The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Related: Shelli Herman and Associates Recruits CFO for Catalina Island Conservancy 

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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