CarterBaldwin Executive Search, together with global nonprofit Feed the Children, announces the appointment of Colleen Ridenhour as Chief Growth and Strategy Officer.
In this newly created role, Colleen will lead the organization’s strategic plan that will advance the organization’s mission, growth strategy, and impact. She will bring together strategically driven marketing, branding, and fundraising programs and is charged with leading US program development and implementation, ensuring the organization’s increased contribution to reducing childhood hunger.
“After an extensive global search, I am thrilled to welcome Colleen to our organization,” Travis Arnold, President and CEO for Feed the Children, Inc., said. “She is an exceptional leader who has the depth and breadth of experience needed, as well as the expertise required to lead our transformational evolution. With her leadership, we will build a bold strategy that further enables us to reach even more children and families.”
Prior to Feed the Children, Colleen served as Chief Development Officer for Habitat for Humanity International, overseeing fundraising and key organizational strategic initiatives. She has also held leadership roles at City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer and Research Center in Los Angeles and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Colleen spent her early career as a marketer in the entertainment sector, eventually managing corporate and philanthropic partnerships as Vice President, Branded Entertainment and Strategic Alliances at E! Entertainment Television and the Style Network before moving into the nonprofit arena.
Colleen earned a BS in health and sports science, graduating magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University.
About Feed the Children
With a mission to alleviate childhood hunger, Feed the Children envisions a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the US and internationally, they are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. They distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, they provide support for teachers and students, and they mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, they manage child-focused community development programs in eight countries.