Searching for a CEO

After four decades in public service, Children's Hunger Alliance President and CEO Mary Lou Langenhop is saying goodbye.

Langenhop, who has led Children's Hunger Alliance (CHA) since 2009, announced June 4 that she will retire. The news went unnoticed, however, due to E. Gordon Gee's same-day retirement announcement.

"I'm really proud of having been part of Children's Hunger Alliance, but also I'm proud of the work I've done over 40 years of time in service in Columbus and Franklin County," says Langenhop, 61. "It's a great community to live and work in and I'm just happy to have been a part of making this community a livable place for all."

Langenhop began her career with the Ohio Department of Public Welfare. She was promoted to assistant director of the Franklin County Department of Human Services in 1987 and retired as director of Franklin County Job and Family Services in 2003 was a partner in the nonprofit consulting firm Hartford & Langenhop Ltd. before taking over CHAwhen her predecessor, Bill Dolan, retired

Langenhop takes pride in expanding CHA's after-school feeding program. "When I started, we were sponsoring about 75 sites just here in Columbus," she says. "We now have sites that we're sponsoring in seven cities across Ohio and have well over 200 sites."

A board search committee expects to have a replacement by the end of September; Langenhop will stay until a successor is found. About 100 boar members throughout Ohio are spreading the word and CHA has launched online recruitment efforts as well. is using its LinkedIn profile as the primary source for interested candidates to submit résum.