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Feeding America CEO to address Spring 2022 graduates

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America, will address more than 550 graduates at Southern University's Spring Commencement on Friday, May 13 at 10 a.m. at the F. G. Clark Activity Center. 


Babineaux-Fontenot, who was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020oversees the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization and second-largest U.S. charity according to Forbes. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries, and meal programs, Feeding America helped provide

6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year, while supporting programs that prevent food waste and improve food security. 


Prior to joining Feeding America, Babineaux-Fontenot spent 13 years on Walmart’s leadership team, with her most recent role being executive vice president and global treasurer. In this role, she had global responsibility for tax, treasury operations, capital markets, investor relations, global risk management, casualty, and self-insurance, leading teams across 28 countries and over 1,000 associates worldwide. 


Babineaux-Fontenot holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette; a Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.; and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas, Texas. 


Southern University’s Commencement ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. The University maintains its COVID-19 indoor mask policy.  For more information and updates, go to