Kathy Webb and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance on Tuesday announced that she'll step down as CEO of the organization on Jan. 31.
Webb, the vice mayor of Little Rock, started working with the statewide nonprofit in 2007 and became its leader in 2012.
"It’s been a privilege to meet thousands of Arkansans, who’ve trusted us with their stories of working to put food on the table," Webb said in a statement. "And it’s been a privilege to be part of the successes we’ve had, providing solutions to hunger and the underlying causes. While I’ll cherish my time as CEO of the Alliance, it’s time for me to step down and for a new leader to take us into our 20th year and beyond."
In her first year with the Alliance, Webb organized and led a SNAP Challenge, in which over 20 of her colleagues followed a SNAP budget for five days. She launched and served as co-chair of the Arkansas Legislative Caucus, modeled after the federal hunger caucus. She also launched the organization's signature event, "Serving Up Solutions," where state legislators work as waiters and earn tips that go toward fighting hunger.
The Alliance now has more than 500 members, including the six Feeding America food banks located in the state, and its statewide SNAP Call Center answers more than 10,000 calls a year.
Marion King, president of the Alliance's board of directors, said Webb has helped the organization expand access to food across the state, create new partnerships, and aggressively pursue improvements in improve public policy at the state and federal level.
The Alliance is accepting resumes for a new CEO on its website.
"We will miss Kathy and her passion yet wish her well in her next endeavors," King said.