As Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin President, Patti Habeck leads the largest hunger-relief organization in the state. With a footprint of 36 counties, she supports a network of more than 600 food pantries, meal programs, and hunger-relief organizations which together serve more than 400,000 people in need.
To achieve the Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin mission to solve hunger, Patti uses innovation, collaboration, partnerships, and determination to address one of the most complex and dynamic concerns facing the community. She believes the answer to solving challenges faced by a community lies in bringing people together, where trust and communication build pathways for shared impact.
Prior to working for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Patti served as the community engagement officer at the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, helping large donors and regional community foundations become catalysts for social change. Previous to her Community Foundation work, she played a critical role in improving the financial stability of the Building For Kids Children’s Museum in Appleton and securing its rebuild.
Patti’s passion is for community and collaboration, and her expertise is in building the relationships necessary to create a movement of positive change. A powerful change agent, she enjoys tackling complicated issues and finding solutions where most see none. She embraces social innovation and enterprise, and is currently leading an early-stage startup focused on innovative construction of safer and more-affordable housing.
Patti serves as an executive board member of FaB Wisconsin,the statewide food and beverage industry cluster organization, as well as the board for Feeding Wisconsin as the vice president. She received the Northwestern Mutual Leadership Award at the Donald Driver Foundation’s 2019 Driven to Achieve event. She also received the ATHENA Leadership Award at the Fox Cities Chamber Pinnacle Awards ceremony.
Born in Milwaukee to a family with deep Milwaukee roots, Patti later moved to New Jersey, returning to Wisconsin for college and to start her career. She now lives in the Fox Valley with her husband of 25 years, Kevin, and son, Jack. Her oldest child, Abby, lives in Milwaukee and middle daughter, Emily, lives in Madison. Patti is an avid reader who also enjoys family vacations, baseball, and visiting Wisconsin’s unique attractions.
Patti earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
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