Shelly Parks, originally from Minnesota, moved to San Diego to pursue her Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State University. Shelly’s internship resulted in a career overseeing a food distribution program. Through operating and expanding a food pantry program, Shelly honed her skills at capacity building.
Taking that working experience to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank in 2014, Shelly excels at assisting nonprofit partners to increase capacity, operate impactful food programs, and maintain compliance with federal, state, and local policies.
Shelly gained her Licensure in Clinical Social Work in 2015 and is most passionate about fighting hunger in the community – ensuring that all San Diegans have enough good, nutritious food to thrive. Shelly Parks now serves as the Food Bank’s Director of Programs, overseeing all of the direct and indirect service programs the Food Bank operates to reach nearly 350,000 people across the county each month.