Food Bank For New York City Announces The Appointment Of Three New Members

March 28, 2023

Food Bank For New York City, the city’s largest anti-hunger relief organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of three new board members.

The members are Marilu Galvez, President and General Manager of WABC-TV; Mary Lynn Phillips, Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer for Stop & Shop; and Ted Segal, Founder and President of ESJ Group.

Each of these new board members brings with them a unique perspective and the same unyielding drive to help feed New Yorkers today and build a food-secure tomorrow. These three new board members join the organization during a very special time as Food Bank celebrates its 40th anniversary.

“With the full support of our existing board members, we are proud to welcome Marilu, Mary Lynn and Ted as champions and leaders on Food Bank For New York City’s Board of Directors,” said Leslie Gordon, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. “These individuals bring tremendous value to the organization with their diverse philanthropic backgrounds, their drive to uplift others and their dedication and connection to helping those who are struggling with food insecurity in New York City.” 

“I am honored to welcome Marilu, Mary and Ted to our board of Directors,” said Seraina Macia, Chair of Food Bank For New York City’s Board. “Not only do they bring a rich and diverse experience and knowledge, but also a deep understanding of the problems faced by many New York City communities. I am confident their contributions will help the board and staff across the organization to strengthen our mission to feed New Yorkers in need today while building a food secure tomorrow. The addition of these new members is pivotal to our continued success.”  


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Marilu Galvez is the President and General Manager of WABC-TV where she leads New York’s top-rated news station with deep connections across tri-state audiences. Prior to assuming the role of President and General Manager, Marilu was Vice President of Community Engagement and Development for the network. Marilu embodies many of Food Bank’s values, including a strong commitment to service and community involvement. She works closely with WABC news anchor Sade Baderinwa’s Get Reel Foundation and with Disney’s VoluntEars program initiatives. Throughout her tenure at WABC, Marilu grew the network’s multicultural presence and DEI efforts at large. Marilu is an active member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was named one of the Top 10 Latina Corporate Executives of the Year by LATINA Style. Marilu received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. 

Mary Lynn Phillips is the Senior Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, at Stop & Shop, a national brand of Ahold Delhaize USA. Passionate about supporting and advocating for the advancement of young talent and career development, Mary Lynn is the executive sponsor for Stop & Shop’s Woman’s Associate Research Group. With more than 30 years of experience in developing strong financial disciplines for well-recognized retailers, Mary Lynn has served as Chief Financial Officer for several fashion and luxury brands including Stuart Weitzman, Talbots, and Coach’s North America Division. Mary Lynn began her career as senior auditor at Ernst and Young and is a graduate of Miami University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Mary Lynn and her husband have two grown children and split their time between Florida, New York and Massachusetts where she mentors young professionals within local communities. 

Ted Segal is the founder and President of EJS Group, a real estate development and financing company in the New York City metropolitan area. Prior to founding EJS, Ted was a Vice President at LS Power Equity Advisors, where he led corporate transactions and development opportunities in the U.S. power generation sector. Ted was previously an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he worked in the project finance practice group and represented developers, private equity sponsors and financial institutions. Ted graduated magna cum laude from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Communication and earned his Juris Doctorate from New York University’s School of Law. He is an active supporter of numerous charitable causes, notably food insecurity, Type 1 diabetes research, and veteran service organizations.

These new board appointments will join the following Board members: Chair, Seraina Macia, CEO & Founder of Joyn Insurance; Vice Chair, Gloria Pitagorsky Managing Director of Heard City; Executive Vice Chair, Lary Stromfeld , Partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Treasurer, Arthur Stainman, Senior Managing Director of First Manhattan Co.; Secretary, Reverend Henry Belin, Pastor of Bethel AME Church; Kevin Frisz Managing Partner of William James Capital Management; George Garfunkel, Managing Director of First Manhattan Co.; Lauren Bush Lauren, Founder of FEED, Katie Lee Biegel, Chef and Author; Nicolas Poitevin, Senior Trader of Latour Trading; Kyra Sedgwick, Actress, Producer and Director; and Reverend Michael Walrond, Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church.  

Food Bank For New York City 

Food Bank For New York City is the largest hunger relief organization of the city fighting food insecurity on the ground since 1983. By partnering with over 800 soup kitchens, food pantries, and campus partners across the five boroughs, Food Bank is able to make a direct impact in the communities that need it most, providing some 1.4 billion meals to New Yorkers since its founding. But food alone can’t solve hunger. That’s why Food Bank employs a two-prong approach of Community Nourishment programming (to provide immediate and reliable access to food today) with Economic Empowerment programming (to equip people with the tools they need to achieve food security into tomorrow and beyond). All of these services – from grab-and-go pantry bags to hot meals, tax filing assistance, SNAP enrollment, nutrition education, and financial empowerment workshops – are free and available to anyone who needs them. To learn more about Food Bank’s mission to dignify, nourish, and empower ALL New Yorkers facing food insecurity, visit foodbanknyc.org.  

Photo credit: 1) Mary Lynn Phillips. 2) Marilu Galvez. 3) Ted Segal.

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