Meet The Food Depot's Executive Director

Jill Dixon

Leading The Food Depot is Executive Director Jill Dixon who stepped into the role in July of 2024. Jill previously served as Development Director and Deputy Director at Northern New Mexico's food bank. Jill is proud to serve alongside The Food Depot's dedicated staff and partners, ensuring the food bank is responsive to the needs of our Northern New Mexico communities. She leads with compassion, action, transparency, and efficiency.

Career Highlights

  • Joined The Food Depot in 2012 as Director of Development
  • Advanced to Deputy Director in 2021
  • Drove the implementation of The Food Depot's programmatic expansion, including the Food Mobile and Casita de Comida
  • Worked with staff and partners to develop and then implement The Food Depot's current strategic plan

Career Highlights

  • Joined The Food Depot in 2012 as Director of Development
  • Advanced to Deputy Director in 2021
  • Drove the implementation of The Food Depot's programmatic expansion, including the Food Mobile and Casita de Comida
  • Worked with staff and partners to develop and then implement The Food Depot's current strategic plan

A Note From Jill

I spent my undergraduate years at Northern Arizona University delving into the world of rhetoric and sociology, and was on the doorstep of a career in academia when a poster for Teach for America caught my eye. My application to that program brought me deep into south Texas, teaching English to sixth grade students. The experience was transformative, bringing me a real awareness of the fact that children do go to bed hungry, in houses without electricity, right here in America. On any given day, a complex series of economic hardships and their consequences left my students struggling and not ready to learn. After three years in the Rio Grande Valley, I found my way to the east coast, living and teaching in a township on the outskirts of Philadelphia. There I was folded into a community of high school students who were often living with grandparents, or acting as primary caregivers for younger siblings while their parents worked, or working themselves to help the family pay rent. Again, education was forced into the back seat, or the trunk, as the struggle to meet basic needs took priority. 

A brief visit over Easter weekend to my parents home in Albuquerque had me hooked. I’d missed mountains and endless blue skies, and mostly the kindness of people in the southwest. New Mexico became my chosen home in 2006. Now a homeowner, I spent several years in corporate America to more effectively pay the bills, gaining abundant skills in sales, marketing, and how to thicken up my skin. It was in that career path that I met Penny, a board member of The Food Depot and eventually, a dear friend of mine. The elimination of my position during a downsizing coincided with The Food Depot’s search for its first development director. Penny made the connection, strongly encouraging me to apply, and the rest is history. Finding my way to food security work felt like coming home. 

Today, I live in an urban forest on a beautiful piece of land in Albuquerque’s north valley. I am a mother to one daughter, Avalon, who is ten years old and absolutely the greatest joy of my life. She is vibrant and fierce and full of adventurous spirit, questions, and kindness. Living in a multigenerational setting with my parents provides a rich environment of support, love, and connectedness for all of us. I am fortunate to experience unconditional love and encouragement from my partner, a dynamic network of friends, my parents, and my daughter.

I find peace outside–hiking, camping, kayaking, mountain biking. A walk at sunset as the crows fly home and the bats come out. Time in a hammock reading a book. A backpacking trip to an alpine lake in the Pecos.  My daughter and I are always looking for an adventure, and with her I find awe in the everyday. All my life I have relished a challenge, and my mama would tell you I never turned away from the hard road. In my life I have benefitted from great privilege, and I have also encountered great hardship and grief, including the loss of my brother. For him, and for my daughter, I am compelled to make my life count, and do my part to make our communities healthier for everyone.

I am honored to have been asked to serve The Food Depot as its next executive director. The team at the food bank is absolutely remarkable and I am so eager to see the change we are going to make together. It is a remarkable thing to be able to live your passion in your work, and I am grateful for that opportunity.