Meet Devin Yoshikawa

Staff highlights give you a peek inside SFBFS’ operations and the people who make the organization run.

Please meet SFBFS’ Annual Fund Manager, Devin Yoshikawa.

What’s your favorite thing about working at SFBFS?

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My favorite thing about working at SFBFS is having the opportunity to be part of an organization known for its responsiveness to our community. I find it impressive to have a community based organization with such comprehensive wrap-around programs and services. On top of that, SFBFS is pushing the boundaries of collaboration throughout Sacramento County with innovative solutions. Everyone knows what a food bank is, but very few understand what SFBFS does to face current hunger issues head-on.

What does a typical workday at SFBFS look like for you?

I don’t know if I have a typical work day, but if I did, it may or may not include corresponding with our incredible carrot communications team regarding donor communications, checking in with other members of the fantastic dewberry development team to make sure we are on track to meet our individual and team goals and then providing updates to and receiving feedback from our amazing lemon-lime leadership team. Often times I find myself setting up projects for our Cristo Rey High School work-study student intern, calling a donor to thank them for their recent donation or chatting with program staff about the successes they are seeing in programs and services.

What inspires you in supporting SFBFS’ mission and culture?

I am constantly inspired when I am reminded where it all started for SFBFS. From operating out of a church basement to two campus locations addressing critical needs across all of Sacramento County, it’s quite an achievement.  There are many organizations out there handling a great deal of responsibility, yet maintain their scope of work. Although it has taken over 40 years to get where SFBFS is today, the growth and expansion of the organization cannot be compared to many. I’d also like to add that it is inspiring to learn about the positive impacts our staff have on those who come to SFBFS wanting to lead their best lives. Without naming all of our programs and all of our staff members, I’ll say that I have noticed first hand just how much the Sacramento community respects our staff for everything they do, day in and day out. 

What is your favorite fruit or veggie and why?

My favorite fruit has to be either a peach or nectarine. Since those two fruits only become available in the summer time, I am left dreaming about warm summer weather nine months out of the year.  I love eating peaches and nectarines fresh, as well as finding them at local farmers markets.