Jilly Stephens

Chief Executive Officer

City Harvest


Since becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006, Jilly has overseen City Harvest’s efforts to meet the rising demand for emergency food while putting in place long-term initiatives to address the health and nutrition needs of low-income communities in New York City. Under Jilly’s leadership, City Harvest established a Food Rescue Facility in Long Island City, Queens, a 45,000 square-foot warehouse that enabled the organization to double the amount of food rescued and delivered each year from 30 million in 2012 to 63 million pounds in 2019. Jilly joined City Harvest as Senior Director of Program Development in 2004, where she led the development and expansion of the organization’s community programs, including Mobile Markets, nutrition education, and retail partnerships, which now collectively reach over 400,000 New Yorkers across the five boroughs each year. Prior to joining City Harvest, Jilly served as the Vice President of Program Operations at ORBIS International, an $80+ million nonprofit organization dedicated to the elimination of avoidable blindness through hands-on surgical training and education.