Emergency Food Network in Lakewood will have a new leader this fall.

The organization’s board of directors announced this month it has selected Michelle Douglas to succeed Helen McGovern-Pilant as its executive director.

Emergency Food Network

Courtesy Emergency Food Network.

Douglas was hired in January 2017 as the organization’s deputy director after working in leadership roles in Tacoma at the Rainbow Center and the Center for Dialog & Resolution. Douglas will begin her role as Emergency Food Network’s executive director in October.

McGovern-Pilant plans to retire after more than a decade at Emergency Food Network, but will remain on staff through the end of this year.

“I am grateful to be leaving Emergency Food Network in the capable hands of Michelle,” McGovern said in a press release. “I have done my part to grow our organization over the past ten years and it is now time to pass the baton. I am confident that with her talent, enthusiasm, and commitment, Michelle will lead the organization to the next level.”

“It is an honor to follow in Helen’s footsteps,” Douglas added. “Her dedication and innovations have set Emergency Food Network apart from other organizations. I am thrilled to take on this role as executive director, and am grateful to the staff, board, and community for trusting me to continue the vital work of feeding our neighbors in need.”

For more than 35 years, Emergency Food Network has aimed to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse, and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry.