Meet our Board of Directors and the committees that support our mission.
Get To Know Our Board of Directors
Move For Hunger relies on the experience, vision, and leadership of its Board of Directors to provide the organization with responsible governance and bolster its efforts to reduce food waste and fight hunger.
Rick established Schwartz Consulting Group in 2015 after retiring from a 35 year career working in the relocation industry. He currently works with relocation service companies, supplier, clients and private equity companies. Prior to his retirement, Rick was the CEO of Brookfield Global Relocation Services from 2003-2014 and was pleased to establish a long term relationship between Brookfield and Move for Hunger during that time. Rick became a Board member in 2014.
One thing you should know about Rick: To him, there's nothing better than a Springsteen concert, a fly fishing trip, or a baseball game.
Benjamin “Ben” Samuels is the Director of the Samuels Family Foundation which supports education and children. Ben is the former CEO of Victory Packaging, the company he led for most of his career. He joined Victory Packaging in 1995 as regional operating manager of Texas. In 1997, Samuels began his role as Vice Chairman and leader of the national accounts group, real estate, finance and legal departments, achieving a period of unprecedented growth in sales and revenues. From 2007 through 2018, Ben was CEO and leader of an executive team that managed more than 1,750 employees. Ben is also the Chair of Leedo Cabinetry, a manufacturer serving the multi-family construction market and he is on the Board of Directors of Workhorse, a technology company developing electric delivery trucks.
Samuels is an active member in the community, where he primarily focuses on education and the fight to end hunger. He has served as the Chairman of the Houston Food Bank and as the Chair of The Board Leadership Council of Feeding Texas. He also serves on the boards of Children at Risk, Move For Hunger, and Brighter Bites. In education, Ben serves on the board of Teach For America and is working to open a network of charter-type schools in Israel. Ben is also engaged in Jewish organizations. He is the Chair of the Leo Baeck Education Center Foundation, the local co-chair of J-Street and serves on the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. He was the President of the Houston Chapter of the American Jewish Committee before joining their National Board of Governors. He served on the boards of and held leadership positions with Holocaust Museum Houston, Congregation Shma Koleinu and Jewish Family Service.
Samuels received a bachelor’s degree in American studies and economics from Amherst College as well as an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
He and his wife, Marci Rosenberg, reside in Houston and have a son, Ethan, and a daughter, Mimi.
One thing you should know about Ben: He loves art made out of corrugated.
Jeff Pederson is the Chairman and CEO of CORT Business Services. Headquartered in Chantilly, VA, CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the largest provider of residential and office furniture rental, as well as tradeshow and event furnishing, in the United States. Pederson has served in his current role since 2012 and previously held executive management positions with Equity Residential Properties Trust and Globe Business Resources.
Originally from central Minnesota, Pederson grew up in Northern California. He attended the University of California at Davis and San Jose State University where he received his BS in Business Management in 1982. Jeff and his wife, Gail, have four grown children and a handful of wonderful grandkids.
One thing you should know about Jeff: He believes that you can’t own too many guitars.
Stephan has more than 30 years of experience directing his office and industrial relocation company in sales and marketing. He has also been involved in several start-ups, ranging from a computer network management company to indoor sports facilities. Stephan is member of the Foundation Board at Jersey Shore Medical Center, the Board of Directors for LADACIN Network, the Board of Directors for the Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Center at Brookdale Community College, a LEED Green Associate, and has a NJ Real Estate License. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.
One thing you should know about Stephan: The man carries a camera, and he knows how to use it.
Jenna is the Marketing Director at Updater, a relocation tech company that simplifies the way Americans move. She has spent ten years working across all marketing disciplines for a variety of companies, including both high-growth national startups and local businesses. Jenna’s passion for Move for Hunger began the moment she learned about the organization, and she is thrilled to be able to support it as a member of the Board. Jenna holds a BSBA in Marketing from American University in Washington, D.C. and often guest lectures at startup academies and universities.
One thing you should know about Jenna: She can rap every word to ‘Whoomp! There It Is’
For the Fiscal Year 2019, 96 cents of every dollar donated helped to fund our hunger relief and food rescue programs.
In 2019, Move For Hunger collected more than 3.6 million lbs. of food. For more, check out our 2019 Year In Review.