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Staff & Board


Our small but mighty team

River City Food Bank is a grass-roots community effort, but these professionals make sure that our program is run with integrity and efficiency.

Eileen Thomas
Executive Director

Eileen has deep roots in the Sacramento community, as a fourth generation resident. After serving as the admissions director for a local Catholic girls’ high school, Eileen joined RCFB as its executive director in 2003. Eileen sees the executive director position as a way to use her professional skills, and serve others in need.

Laura Garcia
Director of Fund Development

Laura comes to the River City Food Bank with over 15 years of development experience. Having spent the majority of her career in higher education, it is with great excitement that she begins what she considers “her dream job” at RCFB in helping to lift up those in need through the power of philanthropy.

Paula Jenkins
Administrative Assistant

Paula meets so many of our growing organizational needs as our administrative assistant.  She came to us with eighteen years experience in the banking industry and most recently worked as an office manager for a construction firm.  Besides organizing and overseeing our day to day office and operation needs, Paula works with our growing volunteer base that is the heart of RCFB.  Paula not only appreciates the importance of volunteers at the food bank, she also makes time in her own life to reach out and help others, most notably by volunteering for the Sacramento Jazz Festival.

Jena Robinson
Program and Operations Manager

Jena Robinson came to RCFB through the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network (LEVN). Prior to committing a year of service she lived in Nashville, Tennessee interning for a non-profit food project as well as working on organic farms and gardens. She has been working for many different non-profits with diverse people groups.  She believes the Revolution will not be fed by chips and soda.

Denver Symister
Programs Assistant

Donnie Salgado
Truck Driver

Amy Dierlam
CalFresh Outreach Program Director

Amy has strong roots in social service which help her to be especially sensitive and helpful to people needing Calfresh assistance.  Before coming to Sacramento, she was a social worker for a foster care agency in Butte County, and then transitioned to work for the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California coordinating youth and young adult ministry.  Having a desire to help people, Amy also found time to work an intake desk at River City Food Bank for a year before accepting the CalFresh outreach assistant position in the summer of 2011.

Ricardo Lopez
CalFresh Outreach Assistant

Ricardo has worked for non-profit agencies for about 8 years, and which allowed him to build a strong passion in helping people who are less advantaged. He has been working in fields that have allowed him to help people overcome obstacles, difficulties and making the most out of themselves. Ricardo has experience in working with a diverse group of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, which makes him able to assist River City Clients with their CalFresh benefits.

Board of Directors


Kiren Rizvi, President, Sutter Medical Foundation

Virgil Pacheco, Secretary, Wells Fargo

Michael Finn, Treasurer, Moss Adams

Manny Leon, Secretary, California State Assembly

Matt Decker, Immediate Past President, Stoel Rives, LLP

Board Members

Clare Gaines Andrews, Andrews Construction, Inc.

Paula Desideri-Arrich
, Lionakis

Mary Hudak (Reverend), St. Michaels Episcopal Chruch

Erin Dunlay
, Randle Communications

Wendy Kimball, 

Sherri Norwood
, Norwood & Associates

Brian Lim, Raley’s

Leslie Pratt, Sutter Medical Foundation

Tony Whittaker
, CB Richard Ellis

Susan Doris, Ridge Capital

Community Partners


Hours & Location

Our hours for food distribution are:
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Physical Address:
1800 28th Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 160204
Sacramento, CA 95816

Tax ID: 91-1851398