Vatske is the Executive Vice President of Feeding South Florida (PSF), the second largest food bank in the U.S, and the leading domestic hunger relief organization serving 25 percent of the state’s food insecure population throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties. From her work in politics at the federal and state levels to her career in nonprofits, Vatske has focused on improving the lives of others by developing innovative solutions that empower people and communities toward transformational change. Vatske started her career with Feeding South Florida as Director of Partner Services, was promoted to Vice President of Community Relations, and is now the Executive Vice President, where she is responsible for organization strategy and all external affairs including communications, fundraising, distribution, and programs. She was named a “Top Workplace Professional” by the Sun- Sentinel in 2016 and was named “40 Under 40” by the South Florida Business Journal in 2014. Vatske also sits on Feeding America’s Network Fundraising Services Advisory Council.
HOMETOWN: Merrick, New York
EDUCATION: Florida State University (B)
FAVORITE QUOTE: “You must do the thing you think you cannot.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
FIRST JOB: Housewares specialist at Linens ‘N’ Things; it was a summer job when I was 16. I’m awesome at folding towels!
HIDDEN TALENT: I play a mean game of Tetris.
INSPIRED BY: People who have a positive outlook no matter what they’ve faced
SHE COLLECTS: Rescue dogs
FAVORITE BOOK: Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
CHEERS FOR: The New York Giants
SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT HER: The night before I was supposed to start law school! I dropped out and became a personal trainer for two years.
TOP OF HER BUCKET LIST: Camping in all the national parks
SECRET TO HER SUCCESS: Always do the right thing, even if it means you’ll be criticized for it. And never forget the importance of work ethic. It’s true what they say: Go the extra mile, because it’s often less crowded there. Great mentors and a great team are helpful, but you have to put in the work.
Originally published on December 29, 2021 by the Palm Beach 100. View original article, here.