Elanco employees working in a food bank
29 June 2020

Newly Named Board of Directors to Continue Elanco Foundation Progress and Passion


Posted by Marjorie Craft | 29/06/2020

Out of the gate, the Elanco Foundation demonstrated its commitment to improving food security and caring for Elanco communities by supporting foodbanks around the world to help address the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Our ability to respond to this urgent need is an example of the Foundation’s vision to build on the power of animals to pursue the promise of health and the potential for change. And today, I’m excited to introduce newly appointed members of our Board of Directors who will help lead the Foundation forward. Recently announced board members are as follows:

  • Kristin Bloink, Board Chair, Vice President, Global Research and External Innovation
  • Julie Lawless, Treasurer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Administration
  • Margie Craft, Secretary, Advancement Committee Chair, Senior Advisor, Corporate Affairs Operations
  • Jeff Simmons, President & CEO
  • Larbi Van Lier, Innovation Grant Committee Chair, Vice President, Asia
  • Mike Finney, Strong Communities Grant Committee Chair, Vice President, Vaccine Manufacturing Network

I’m also thrilled to announce and welcome Jared Skok to the team who will serve as the Executive Director of the Elanco Foundation. "I am both honored and excited for the opportunity to help amplify Elanco’s impact through strategic philanthropy and partnerships," said Skok. "I look forward to building upon the excellent work the Board of Directors began to help envision a world in which people live healthier lives through the power of animals."

The range of experience and connections among our board members, combined with a shared passion for leaving a positive impact on society, positions the Foundation to engage employees and partners in a meaningful way. Larbi Van Lier shared, "what I look forward to the most is making this a joint effort. It will be shaped by employees and will benefit the Elanco communities that they are a part of. Together, we will build a legacy of togetherness and philanthropic spirit." In the coming months, we’ll be adding three external parties to our Foundation Board and creating committees that employees will have an opportunity to be involved in.

As we look forward to the future great work with the board, I’m also eager to share what we’re hearing from the food bank organizations who received Elanco’s support throughout the pandemic:

  • Harvesters Community Food Network Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City, MO, shared their gratitude for the funds to serve their local community. "The people Harvesters serves are the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is more important than ever to reach our community members in need… Support from organizations like Elanco helps to ensure that we have the resources we need to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow."
  • The European Food Banks Federation also expressed their appreciation to help increase food access for families within their network. "We are grateful to Elanco for this first and most appreciated token of solidarity. We are very appreciative that the funds may be used to supply high quality animal-based food with an essential nutritional value."


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