Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach’s ( Board of Directors named Alynn Sampson the organization’s new Executive Director. Sampson stepped into this role following Susanne Blue’s retirement in August.

“Alynn has a passion for working with individuals and families experiencing poverty, a commitment to our community and Matt Talbot in particular and extensive experience in nonprofit administration,” said Greg Frayser, Board President-Elect and Chair of the Hiring Committee. “She is a proven leader with a compassionate heart, and will ensure that Matt Talbot continues to be a place of refuge and hope for our most vulnerable neighbors.”

Sampson formerly worked at the Food Bank of Lincoln as Vice President, Operations & Impact. She has a master’s degree in social work and received the Inspire Women’s Leadership Excellence in Nonprofit Award in 2020. Sampson was on Matt Talbot’s Board of Directors since 2016, and served as President since 2021.

“I am thrilled to be joining such a dynamic team. Susanne has established an incredibly strong organization founded on compassion and hope. It’s an honor to be selected to continue to carry out those visions and values and see what is next for Matt Talbot,” said Sampson. “I truly believe the future is bright and full of bold hope and look forward to learning from our guests, staff and volunteers.”

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