Radha Muthiah, CEO, Capital Area Food Bank

Radha Muthiah currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Capital Area Food Bank. As CEO, she leads a team that distributes over 30 million meals of good, healthy food, directly and through a network of 450 partners, to more than 400,000 food insecure people in the greater Washington region each year. Since joining the food bank in March of 2018, Muthiah has led the food bank in its development of a new strategic plan that both addresses hunger today andbegins to tackle the root causes of food insecurity. Under Muthiah’s leadership, the CAFB is developing programs and services that bundle food with education, skill development, financial literacy training, housing, health and more in order to effect catalytic change in the lives of those the food bank serves. Over the course of the strategic plan, Muthiah is focusing on the growth of the food bank’s long-standing partnerships, as well as the cultivation of new and exciting partnerships that can create a pathway towards more inclusive economic growth in the greater Washington region.

Prior to her role at the food bank, Muthiah has led and grown both start-up and established organizations spanning multiple sectors in the US and internationally. Most recently, Muthiah served as CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (now Clean Cooking Alliance), a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Under Muthiah’s leadership, clean cooking rose steadily on the global development agenda and is now included in multiple Sustainable Development Goals and in dozens of countries’ climate action plans.

Prior to joining the Alliance, Muthiah served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. A key aspect of her work was to cultivate and scale innovate partnership models to eradicate poverty through the empowerment of women and girls.

Muthiah has also worked at ICF International, the American Red Cross, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor’s and a master's degree in economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.

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