Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: CEO, Feeding America


Bio: I am a Louisiana native who is fortunate to have been part of a very loving and very large family. Over the course of their lives, my mother and father raised 108 children. My upbringing shaped my life by making me aware and grateful. Aware of my privileges and grateful enough to work really hard when I was given an opportunity—from schooling, to tax attorney for the state of Louisiana, labor and employment judge, to executive vice president of finance and global treasurer and then chief tax officer at Walmart. All of my experiences led me to where I am now—working to end hunger for millions of families as CEO of Feeding America.

My Goal of the Day: Move the needle on something that matters.

My Thought of the Day: Be the change you wish to see—NOW!!

My Action of the Day: Decide everything that I can today.

My Deed of the Day: See someone new today—don’t look past anyone.

My Tip of the Day: Gratitude is an Action

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Its diversity. Chicago has over 70 diverse neighborhoods. It’s so full of unique people with different lifestyles, interests and contributions.  Oh, did I mention the food? Chicago has taught me that there’s more to pizza here than deep dish and that there’s more to the Chicago food scene than pizza!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

Cracker Barrell—best pancakes in the universe.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Chatting with my husband about the day ahead. By the way, I’m the only “morning person” in our pair. Need I say more about why he’s my guy?

10:00 AM – Meeting with Feeding America’s chief human resources officer.

12:00 PM – Getting ready to be interviewed on CNN.

7:00 PM – Visiting my grand-dog Veela, at my son’s apartment and Facetiming my daughter to get her in on the fun.

11:00 PM – Sleeping!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Green tea (3 or so, depending upon how awake I need to be).

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I just listened to “The Devil in the White City” on Audible. I learned so much about my new city while driving to Louisiana for Christmas (with Veela).  

What should everyone try at least once?

Boudin! It’s a delicious, spicy Creole/Cajun sausage from my hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In a library or a clothing store—too close to call.