Share Our Strength Raids White House For New CEO  

Anne Filipic, assistant to the President of the United States and director of Management and Administration is leaving the White House to head anti-hunger and poverty organization Share Our Strength (SOS) in Washington, D.C.

Filipic, a strategist leader with experience building and growing organizations through dynamic periods, will take the helm of the nonprofit as it works to meet the changing needs of children and families in the U.S. and fulfill its mission to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and abroad, according to an announcement from SOS leadership.

“Share Our Strength’s tireless commitment to make sure no child goes hungry, coupled with its emerging focus on creating paths to economic opportunity for families is a powerful combination for lasting change,” said Filipic via a statement. “As we navigate the changing needs of children and families, this is a unique opportunity to join a thriving organization that is poised to take its success to the next level.” 

Filipic will work with the SOS board and internal team to build a multi-faceted strategy to ensure children have access to meals through school and community providers, and their families have food resources. SOS will expand its focus to prevent hunger by addressing the root causes of poverty, especially building economic opportunity for families.

Filpic oversaw the operational infrastructure of the White House and built what administration officials called the most diverse White House staff in history. As chief program officer at The Obama Foundation, she developed global programs focused on civic engagement and leadership development. She also oversaw the integration of two major initiatives, My Brother’s Keeper and The Girls Opportunity Alliance, into the Obama Foundation.

Filpic previously led Enroll America, a national healthcare coalition designed to support Americans in enrolling in and retaining healthcare coverage made available through the Affordable Care Act. Enroll America’s work supported a net increase of over 20 million Americans gaining healthcare coverage in under four years.

“We have an unapologetically bold vision for the future, one that demands a next generation leader who will steer our ship with creativity, empathy and accountability,” said Billy Shore, SOS’s founder and executive chair. “Anne is the right person at the right time. Her experience successfully leading mission-driven efforts at dynamic times will be a critical part of our success.”

Filipic joins SOS on Sept. 6. Her predecessor, Tom Nelson, will retire after a decade of service at the organization. Compensation data was not yet released but Nelson was paid $450,750 with additional compensation of $36,290 according to data in the organization’s federal Form 990 for 2020.

For the 2021 fiscal year, Share Our Strength raised total revenue of $145 million and spent $136 million. Its fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. According to information on the organization’s website, SOS spent 83% of revenue on programmatic work. SOS spent 12% on fundraising and 5% on management and general activities, according to data from the organization.