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Jeffrey Klein

The Global FoodBanking Network
President and CEO

Jeffrey D. Klein has been the President and CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), an international organization of food banks working in 27 current and prospective countries, since January of 2011.  GFN (www.foodbanking.org), whose mission is to alleviate world hunger, supports food banks and food bank networks where they exist and works collaboratively with government, the private sector, and civil society to create them in communities where they are needed.

Mr. Klein spent the first 30 years of his career financing, investing in, and selling private and public companies in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Mr. Klein was a Managing Director for 14 years with Equity Group Investments (EGI), Sam Zell’s private investment firm, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing growth strategies in a broad range of industries, and prepared various portfolio companies for stock exchange listings in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil. Mr. Klein’s work included the food industry in various ways, from investments and Board involvement in a number of restaurant companies, to business advising and capital raising for grocery companies in the U.S. and Brazil. 

Prior to joining EGI, Mr. Klein was a senior banker with Citibank and Mellon Bank. Mr. Klein is a former board member of several public companies (McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, Inc. and Chart House Enterprises), as well as a number of private companies. He is on the Board of Barri Financial Group (financial services) and is an advisor to Progreso, LLC (a grocery retailer and distributor), both of which focus on Hispanic consumers in the U.S.  Mr. Klein has been involved in domestic and international non-profit work for many years, serving on the Board of Governors of microfinance leader Opportunity International where he participated in numerous insight trips and educational conferences and hosted international personnel, fundraisers, and awareness campaigns.

Mr. Klein and his family have traveled extensively overseas, including multiple volunteer service trips. Mr. Klein holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from Georgetown University. A native of Cleveland, he currently resides in Chicago with his wife. Mr. Klein also has three children.


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