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Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, One of the Largest Food Banks in the U.S., Hires Marcus Bryant as Chief People and Inclusion Officer

Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, a nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure that anyone who needs a healthy meal can get one, has appointed Marcus Bryant as Chief People and Inclusion Officer (CPIO). Second Harvest partnered with Frederickson Partners on the executive search.

In his role as CPIO, Marcus will be responsible for guiding, developing and executing an integrated people strategy that will enable the food bank to grow and develop while advancing inclusion and equity across the organization. He will report to the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Leslie Bacho.

Marcus joins Second Harvest from Vantage Custom Solutions, where he served as a Managing Principal. There he successfully led and managed the firm with primary P&L, strategy and growth responsibility. Previously, Marcus worked at FareStart as Chief People and Inclusion Officer. In this role, he partnered with the executive team to grow and scale the businesses, enhance their programs, and provide oversight for all aspects of human resources and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Psychology from Charleston Southern University.

Founded in 1974, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley is one of the largest food banks in the nation and a trusted nonprofit leader in ending local hunger. The organization distributes nutritious groceries through a network of more than 400 partners at drive-thru and walk-up sites across Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Due to the prohibitively expensive cost of living in Silicon Valley and the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Second Harvest is now serving over 450,000 people every month. Second Harvest also connects people to federal nutrition programs and other food resources, and advocates for anti-hunger policies on the local, state and national levels. To learn more about how Second Harvest is responding to the incredible amount of need in Silicon Valley, visit

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