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June 14, 2021


Albany, NY - After conducting a broad national search, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Molly Nicol has been selected as the next CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. She succeeds Mark Quandt who served as the leader of the Food Bank for the past 38 years. Quandt announced his retirement in March of 2021.

“Molly has served on the Board of Directors of the Regional Food Bank since 2014. She has a passion for the mission and an unwavering commitment to the staff and the communities we serve. We look forward to working with her to grow and adapt the Food Bank and have full confidence she will successfully lead the organization into the future.” said Suzanne Anslow Gunther, President of the Board of Directors.

Nicol began her career and worked 20 years for IBM. She then worked in several non-profit organizations in the Capital District including Saint Gregory’s School, Catholic Charities, and Albany Med. Most recently she served as the Interim Director for the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and assisted the Regional Food Bank with operations and philanthropic efforts during the pandemic.

“Molly’s knowledge of the Food Bank, her leadership skills and her strong community relationships will serve the Food Bank well,” said Mark Quandt, “With all we learned from our response to COVID, we know there are many opportunities to expand and improve our services to those in need. Molly is the right person to lead the Food Bank at this important time in its history.”

When asked about her thoughts on leading the Food Bank, Molly Nicol said, “I am looking forward to working with the board, staff, volunteers, agencies, donors and community leaders in our 23-county service region. Our capable leadership and staff worked tirelessly to address the challenges resulting from the COVID pandemic. We are well prepared to continue to grow, adapt and collaborate to meet the emerging needs of our neighbors who are hungry. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of such a committed and accomplished leader, Mark Quandt, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work alongside a strong, dedicated and kind group of people. I look forward to making great strides to alleviate hunger in the region.”

Nicol holds a degree in Mathematics from Washington College and a Masters in Bioethics from Albany Medical College. She resides in Loudonville, NY.

She will begin her role on June 16.

Bethany Stiles, Director of Communications and Marketing
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Office: 518-786-3691 x231
Mobile: (518) 573-0712
Email: [email protected]

ABOUT THE REGIONAL FOOD BANK OF NORTHEASTERN NEW YORK - The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects donated food from the food industry and distributes it to 1,000 charitable agencies feeding the hungry in 23 counties of northeastern New York. The food provided by the Regional Food Bank helps to feed 350,000 people each month. In 2020, the organization distributed 55.8 million pounds of food to the hungry. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the national food bank network. The organization is supported by foundations, private contributions and fundraising events. For information on services offered by the Regional Food Bank, call (518) 786-3691 or log on to


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