Rod Brooks realized a profound sense of connection with people around the world while studying abroad his junior year in college in Seville, Spain. This led to Rod’s passionate devotion to global education and ending hunger throughout the world. Along the way throughout his career, Rod has demonstrated the ability to build organizations that deliver on the promises of such very bold visions.
Founded in 1998, Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief organization committed to ending hunger in our lifetime. Rod became President & Chief Executive Officer of Stop Hunger Now in 2006, charged with increasing the organization’s impact and engagement among volunteers and donors. Under Rod’s leadership, Stop Hunger Now’s meal packaging program has grown an average of 54% per year, providing lifesaving meals to partner organizations in more than thirty countries and expanded to engage more than 650,000 volunteers in eighteen cities throughout the United States, as well as six countries internationally in the fight to end hunger. As a measure of donor engagement, cash contributions have grown from $800,000 in 2006 to more than $18 million in 2015.
Prior to directing Stop Hunger Now, Rod was instrumental in creating Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world, ultimately serving as Vice President for Administration. During his 16year tenure, Rod assisted in the conceptualization, design, fundraising, construction, and operation of the global learning center located in downtown Raleigh, NC. He assisted the founder and Board of Directors with raising roughly $85 million through a publicprivate partnership to fund the project.
Rod speaks frequently about the imperative to end hunger and has appeared on Bloomberg Television’s “Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton,” as well as other news programs. In September 2013, Rod’s work with Stop Hunger Now was featured in the UNCChapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences magazine. Rod is active in the community as a member of the Cary Rotary Club, The Raleigh Host Lions Club, and Fairmont United Methodist Church. He has been recognized for his leadership by Kids Voting Wake County and received the James S. Bramham Humanitarian Award from NC Partners of the Americas. He received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. He speaks Spanish fluently.