Jan Pruitt
President and CEO

Simon Powell
Chief Operating Officer

Colleen Townsley Brinkmann
Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jan Pruitt
President and CEO

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Jan Pruitt is President and Chief Executive Officer of the North Texas Food Bank. Under her leadership, NTFB has experienced exceptional growth—most remarkable is the 300% increase in food and grocery items distributed. During the worst recession in 25 years, NTFB launched the “ReThink Hunger” three-year strategic plan and increased its impact on hunger by 45% in the first year. “ReThink Hunger” focuses on providing healthier food, developing new ways to extend reach and improving the lives of individuals. Jan is also responsible for pioneering new fundraising approaches that have changed the food banking industry, including the Virtual Food Drive. Jan’s numerous awards include:

  • Dallas Business Journal, Women in Business Award (2013)
  • The Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, Women in American History Award (2012)
  • The Southwest Jewish Congress, The Maura Award and the Inspiring Women of the Southwest Award (2011)
  • Feeding America, The John van Hengel Fellowship (2010)
  • Dallas Baptist University, Good Samaritan Award (2010)
  • Center for Nonprofit Management, The Presidential Recognition of the Year award and the Award of Excellence in Nonprofit leadership

Prior to her appointment as President and CEO in 1997, Jan served for two years as executive director of the Texas Food Bank Network where she coordinated activities among 18 of Feeding America’s member food banks in the State of Texas. For 11 years, Pruitt was executive director of Lancaster Outreach Center, a NTFB Partner Agency that provides direct service to low-income families.

A graduate of Dallas Baptist University and a frequent speaker on issues of hunger and social justice, Jan serves on numerous boards including:

  • Chair-Elect, Board of Directors, Feeding America, Chicago, Illinois
  • Member, Board of Directors, Texas Food Bank Network, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Member, International Women’s Forum
  • Former Member, Board of Trustees, Three Square Food Bank, Las Vegas, Nevada (2008-2011)
  • Past Chair, Technology Governance Board, Feeding America, Chicago, Illinois (2007-2011)
  • Past Chair, National Council – Feeding America , Chicago, Illinois (2005-2007)
  • Former President, Women’s Council of Greater Dallas County
  • Member, Leadership Dallas, Class of 2001
  • Member, Leadership Texas, Class of 2009
  • Member, Leadership America, Class of 2012

Jan and her husband, Charles, reside in Red Oak, Texas and are parents of four grown children and two grandchildren.


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Simon Powell
Chief Operating Officer

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Simon Powell is the Chief Operating Officer of the North Texas Food Bank. As a successful supply chain and operations executive, Simon has execution and strategic planning experience from several Fortune 100 companies.

 Simon provides the necessary vision, leadership and management to ensure the Food Bank has the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and systems in place. He is responsible for managing all operations and leading the information technology functions.

Simon comes to the Food Bank from Hewlett-Packard, where he managed the end-to-end replacement parts supply chain for North and South America. Prior to Hewlett-Packard, Simon was Director of Logistics for Samsung Telecommunications America, where he oversaw transportation, materials management and warehousing for all telecommunications products within the United States.

Simon was born in the United Kingdom and immigrated to the United States in 1995. He has a MBA from the University of Dallas and is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology degree from the same university. Simon is active within his church community and lives with his wife and three children in Plano, TX. 


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Colleen Townsley Brinkmann
Chief Philanthropy Officer

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Chief Philanthropy Officer Colleen Townsley Brinkmann is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of NTFB's marketing, philanthropy, public relations and donor services efforts.

Prior to assuming this role in 2002, she was Director of Communications for Leadership Network. She was also Director of Communications for the Greater Dallas Community of Churches, serving as assistant producer for "America: The Second Century," an award-winning PBS series that aired nationally for over a decade and won the Bronze Award at the 1980 International Film Festival. She was named 1989 Innovator of the Year for her creation of a digital technology program.  In 2013, Colleen received the Community Service Award from the GDIACC (Greater Dallas INDO-AMERICAN Chamber of Commerce).

Colleen enjoys speaking about her homeland of India and performed Manipuri classical dance from 1971-1990, when she turned over the role to her daughter. With an American father and an Indian mother, she is equally comfortable in Western and Eastern cultures and with diverse faith groups. Colleen serves on Feeding America's Hunger Action Month committee as well as on advisory boards for the Methodist Hospital System, Leadership Texas Class of 2010 and Clear Channel. She is a former board member of both the Dallas Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies and Dallas HR Management Association and is also a graduate of Leadership Garland, Leadership Southwest and Leadership Texas.

Colleen resides in Dallas with her husband Barney and savors life with their three grown children. She attended University of the Pacific and earned her BFA from Southern Methodist University. When not at NTFB, Colleen can be found engrossed in her various creative and writing adventures which mirror her philosophy about life - "live life in neon."

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