Marianne Haver Hill has been since 1987 the Executive Director and now President and CEO of MEND -- Meet Each Need with Dignity, the largest and most comprehensive poverty relief agency in the San Fernando Valley. Under her leadership, MEND has grown from serving an average of 2000 needy clients each month in 1987 to helping as many as 43,000 applicants monthly. MEND’s holistic approach to working with low income clients include core services such as emergency food and clothing distribution, holiday baskets, and home visiting, but also empowerment programs that include job training; English as a Second Language, literacy, and GED classes for adults; computer training; after school programs for neighborhood children; medical, dental, vision, and counseling clinics; and more.
In July, 2012, MEND was named the California Nonprofit of the Year by the Governor’s Office for Volunteering and Service. The agency was also profiled in the 2012 revised edition of Forces for Good – the Six Practices of High Impact Nonprofits by Leslie Crutchfield and Heather McLeod Grant.
The recipient of the 2008 California Association of Nonprofits’ Excellence in Leadership Award, and the 2013 Center for Nonprofit Management’s Nonprofit Leadership Impact Award, Ms. Hill oversees a volunteer work force of more than 4000 individuals annually who give the equivalent in hours to more than 80 full-time employees, and a paid staff of 31. MEND’s annual cash budget is $3.2 million, with an additional $9 million coming through in-kind donations of food, clothing, and medicines.