Who We Are
Board of Directors
President of the Board
Gene White has provided critical leadership to the Global Child Nutrition Foundation since it was first organized in 2006. Internationally, Gene has provided guidance for school feeding programs around the world, including in Tunisia, Paraguay, and China. Gene was formerly President of both the School Nutrition Association and the California School Nutrition Association. Prior to that, as the former Assistant Superintendent and Director of Child Nutrition Programs for the California State Department of Education, she was responsible for federal and state programs that served daily meals to over 2.5 million children. Gene previously served as the Director of School Food and Nutrition Programs for the Sierra Sands Unified School District in Ridgecrest, California.
A native of Ohio, Gene received her undergraduate degree in Food and Nutrition from Miami University in Ohio and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Ohio State University. Gene lives on Whidbey Island in Washington State where her volunteer work has included helping local school districts develop wellness policies to prevent obesity and promote student health, assistance to the local food bank, and promoting food preservation techniques in a Native American community.
Arlene Mitchell was appointed Executive Director by the Board of Directors of Global Child Nutrition Foundation in April 2014. Prior to that, Arlene served for nearly six years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was Deputy Director for Access and Markets in the Agricultural Development Program.
Earlier in her career, she served as an executive in the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) where she led the global school feeding effort; managed international technical assistance and training activities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and was both a volunteer and staff member with the U.S. Peace Corps. Arlene’s varied experience also includes running a restaurant and a snack machine business, invalid care, and a variety of other gambits.
Program & Operations Officer
Will McMahan has served as the GCNF Program and Operations Officer since 2014. Will manages GCNF programs, events, membership engagement, and operations. Prior to joining GCNF, Will was a Project Manager in the international development field, working with the philanthropic company williamsworks and with health care professional services group STG International, Inc.
Will began his career with the U.S. Peace Corps, where he spent time working on healthcare and youth education programs in South Africa and Niger. Will is from Fort Collins, Colorado. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.
Communications & Administration Coordinator
Rebecca Steelman has worked for GCNF since August 2016, first as a consultant, and – since March 2017 as GCNF’s second full-time staff member. Rebecca is focused on communications, including GCNF’s website, social media platforms, and digital media. Additionally, she provides specific fiscal, and operational support.
Prior to GCNF, Rebecca served as a Program Coordinator at the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, helping to create and promote internationally-focused programs and events. Rebecca is from Wichita Falls, TX. She received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Washington.