Chris Current, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 1986
Chris Current was one of the founders of the Nederland Food Pantry in 1986, and ran the program as a co-chairperson until the retirement of Judy Anderson, also a founder of the pantry. Since then she has been the organizer, grant writer, and leader of the organization. In 2012, it was decided to separate the Food Pantry from it's direct affiliation with the local churches (although the churches continue to contribute), and by 2013 a Board of Directors was formed and Chris named Executive Director. The organization obtained 501(c)3 status in 2015, and awarded Chris a monthly salary, although it doesn't begin to cover the number of hours she works, and therefore much of her time is still volunteer.
Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology & Chemistry from BGSU and graduate hours towards a Masters in Parasitology at the University of Wyoming. She has worked as a project/property manager in the mountain community for 27 years. She has lived in the Peak to Peak region for 35 years, and she and her husband David have 4 grown children.
Her work with the Food Pantry has garnered community service awards and she has brought the Food Pantry recognition across the Front Range as one of the best examples of an excellent, functional food bank. Under her direction, the pantry has created its gardens, which provides fresh produce to clients in the Spring, Summer and Fall. She also worked with the Town of Nederland to provide disaster relief during crises in the area, including the 2013 floods and the 2016 Cold Springs Fire. The partnership has created a role for the food pantry in community shelter requirements in the future.
Chris has built alliances with all of the major human services agencies and providers in the area. Foothills United Way, Boulder County Human Services, Community Food Share, EFAA, and other housing, health and basic needs organizations partner with the Nederland Food Pantry in many endeavors, including the Peak to Peak Task Force for Human Services and the Intermountain Alliance.
Chris believes that communities are most stable, resilient, and able to flourish when actions are taken to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable. She has worked at the local and state level to promote the inclusion of all voices and to advocate for the needs of those most food insecure.
Human Resources / Personnel