The board of directors for Saddle Brook-based Table to Table, New Jersey’s first food rescue organization, recently welcomed nonprofit veteran Heather Thompson as its new executive director. In this role, Thompson will oversee all aspects of the organization, including strategic planning, development, supporter and partner engagement, revenue and grant management, operations and community and government relations.
“We are excited to have Heather onboard, as she brings to Table to Table more than two decades of experience of building community support to drive social change,” Greg Mueller, chairman of the board, Table to Table, said. “She will be a tremendous asset and will be pivotal in amplifying our mission of providing fresh, healthy food to those in need.”
For nearly 25 years, Thompson worked for various not-for-profit organizations in New York and New Jersey to create growth strategies, build meaningful relationships with partners, donors and volunteers, and support the needs of those underrepresented within the community.
“The impact Table to Table has made in northern New Jersey is nothing short of extraordinary,” Thompson said. “I am incredibly excited about my new post and the opportunity to continue the growth of this important organization. At a time when more and more of our neighbors face food insecurity, and there is a growing focus on ending food waste in our country, the mission and work of Table to Table has never been more vital.”
Before signing on to Table to Table, Thompson served as chief development officer for Norwescap, a comprehensive anti-poverty nonprofit that reaches more than 30,000 people each year in Morris, Sussex, Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties. There, she oversaw a wide array of programs that help people address both immediate and long-term needs, so they can move away from poverty and towards a more thriving future.
Prior to Norwescap, Thompson career has included roles at Eva’s Village (Paterson), Park Avenue Armory (New York City), and Citymeals-on-Wheels (New York City). She has also provided pro bono consulting support to multiple nonprofits in New York and New Jersey.
Thompson serves as president of the board of trustees for the Bloomfield Public Library and chairs the Nonprofit Roundtable for the Morris County Chamber of Commerce.