Doug Smith Joins Foodbank Board of Directors

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Norfolk, VA – April 27, 2023 – The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is pleased to announce that Doug Smith has joined its board of directors. As President & CEO of the Hampton Roads Alliance, Mr. Smith oversees the staff of business development, business intelligence and marketing professionals, and leads the operations of the region’s economic development organization that represents 13 municipalities and over 70 private sector investors.

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A former member of the Portsmouth City Council, Mr. Smith has lived and worked in Hampton Roads for the majority of his life, serving as Norfolk City Manager, Deputy City Manager in the City of Virginia Beach, and as Deputy City Manager, Chief Plans and Policy Officer, and Economic Development Director in the City of Portsmouth. In the private sector, Mr. Smith served as President & CEO of Kaufman & Canoles Consulting, where he counseled national and local developers, municipalities, higher education institutions, and corporations.

“Doug is a tremendous asset to our board and our community,” says Foodbank President & CEO Christopher Tan. “His experience in local city government, economic development and passion for his hometown community will enhance our ability to connect with major stakeholders to eliminate hunger in our community. As a regional Foodbank, we are excited to bring one of the foremost experts in regional cooperation and leadership on our board.”

Smith is a graduate of Norfolk Academy and earned a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia. He held previous positions as Vice Chair on the Alliance’s Board of Directors, Chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Hampton Roads and Chair of Future of Hampton Roads.

For more information, please contact Senior Director of Communications David Brandt at 757-644-5860 or 

About the Foodbank

For more than 40 years, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has provided more than 360 million meals to those in our community who face hunger. Through our programs, facilities, and large network of community partners, we work to eliminate hunger daily. Our understanding of the need for a long-term solution has led to the creation of a refreshed strategic plan aimed at moving Hampton Roads closer to achieving the mission of eliminating hunger for those we serve—not only for the day, or for the week, but for a lifetime. For up-to-date information on the Foodbank, visit, Facebook, or Twitter.