Indianapolis-based hunger relief organization Second Helpings has announced the retirement of its chief executive officer Jennifer Vigran, who will step down later this year after serving the organization for nearly 20 years. Vigran began her career with the nonprofit as a volunteer in 2001.
The organization says Vigran has been CEO since 2010.
“It has been an honor and inspiration to spend the last 20 years serving Hoosiers through my work at Second Helpings,” Vigran said. “My decision to retire is bittersweet – I’m excited to embark on this new chapter of my life, but this organization is near and dear to my heart. The work that Second Helpings does is so important – particularly during these trying times – and I look forward to assisting the new CEO transition into their new role. I’ll always be grateful for the personal relationships and friendships I’ve made during my time with this organization, and for the many donors, staff and volunteers that make Second Helpings’ work possible.”
Second Helpings is working with Koya Partners in Massachusetts on the search for its next CEO.
“Jennifer joined Second Helpings as a volunteer and has continued to lead selflessly in her role as CEO,” said Second Helpings Board Chair Ellen Butz. “Her leadership, dedication and service were instrumental in expanding Second Helpings’ impact in Indianapolis – she played a key role in the organization’s continued growth and our ability to serve Hoosiers in need. Jennifer and her predecessors have positioned Second Helpings extremely well to attain even greater achievements in the years ahead. We wish her and her family all the best.”
During Vigran’s time at Second Helpings, the organization has been honored with the Martin Luther King Freedom Award from Indiana Minority Business Magazine and the MLK Drum Major award from the IUPUI Black Students Association.