Dwayne Wharton serves as the Director of External Affairs for The Food Trust, a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. In this role he supports the organization’s policy and advocacy efforts, local and national partnerships, and more. Prior to joining the Food Trust Dwayne was the National Deputy Director for Friends of the Children, a long-term mentoring organization serving vulnerable youth; Director of Residential and Homeless Services for Project H.O.M.E. and Director of the Parent – Child Education Center for People’s Emergency Center, nationally respected social service agencies serving Philadelphia’s homeless; and Director of Red Cross House, a one-of-a-kind short-term housing and service facility for disaster victim. During his tenure with the American Red Cross Dwayne led local disaster recovery, coordinated efforts after 9/11, and served in the Gulf Region after Hurricane Katrina. Dwayne is also a former Peace Corps volunteer, coaches youth soccer, and serves on the boards of The Seybert and Kynett Foundations, Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship Program, and Bryn Mawr College’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.