We are excited to announce the latest addition to our Advisory Council, Mario Bravo, and the appointment of Jennifer Venkatraman to the position of Vice President of Feed the Hungry A.C.
FTH has added to its formidable bank of expertise with the appointment of a new member of its Advisory Council: Mr. Mario Bravo. “We are thrilled to have someone of Mario’s background and stature on our advisory board. He will contribute invaluable experience and be of much help to our mission,” said Al Kocourek, president of Feed the Hungry San Miguel, Inc.
Mario has been involved in social development programs for more than three decades, having travelled to more than 105 countries and implemented programs for the public good in 65 of them.
He’s served in international organizations, scientific and academic institutions, and in the public sector, cutting through red tape and getting things done—from the Office of the President of Mexico to grass-roots programs in some of the most destitute regions.
Mario’s recent positions include: Senior Advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) where he helped manage the Agency’s response to Ebola; Vice-President and Director of Knowledge Management at the Academy for Educational Development; Development Communications Lead at the World Bank; and Advisor to the Director of the Getty Conservation Institute.
In Mexico, he was Communications Director for one of the world’s most successful vaccination programs, Executive Director of the National HIV/AIDS program (CONAVA), and a member of the regional team that rolled back an emergent cholera epidemic in the Americas.
Prior to his first major career change and while still involved in broadcasting, Mario managed educational programming for young audiences at Televisa, one of the largest media conglomerates, and became Deputy Producer for the first international version of Sesame Street. He collaborated on the creation of the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, helping to pioneer distance learning in his country.
Jennifer Venkatraman, who recently joined the Feed the Hungry Advisory Council, has stepped up to a new role as the Vice President of Feed the Hungry A.C. Feed the Hungry A.C. is a Mexican registered charitable company (Asociación Civil) that manages the operating program and allows for tax-deductible donations in Mexico. The A.C. board proposes operating budgets and directs operations. It also maintains contact and compliance with Mexican government organizations.
Jennifer is a corporate legal professional with many years of business and legal experience ranging from contracts and intellectual property to company policies and risk management.
We are saddened at the sudden passing of Charlie Kessler in January. Charlie had faithfully served as Vice President of Feed the Hungry A.C. since November 2013. He was an inspiration to us all, and will be dearly missed.