Ted Cutler Lecture

Food Insecurity on the Rise: Beyond the Crisis to Durable Change

Join us for an insightful conversation exploring how food insecurity continues to rise and the path to sustainable solutions. This program will examine how food insecurity affects individuals, communities, and economies, emphasizing the power of partnership, corporate social responsibility and how we move from crisis response to sustainable solutions. The conversation will also highlight GBFB’s recent report, “Food Equity and Access in Massachusetts: Voices and Solutions from Lived Experience,” which was featured in the Boston Globe on May 29.  Together, we have the power to end hunger here.

Featured Speakers:

Miceal Chamberlain, President of Massachusetts Northeast Region Executive, Global Commercial Banking

Miceal enjoys partnering with local businesses and organizations to help make our communities better places to live, work, and raise a family. As the Northeast Region Head for Global Commercial Banking, Miceal leads his team to deliver integrated financial solutions, consultative advice, and a digital-first approach to public and private companies with annual revenues of $50 million to $2 billion. His team provides a variety of financial solutions designed to help companies grow and prosper, including treasury, credit, investment banking, risk management, and wealth management. As President of Bank of America in Massachusetts, Miceal also connects businesses, families, and individuals to the banking and investment teams that will help improve their financial lives. 

Miceal graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Political Science. Prior to his role in commercial banking, Miceal served as Head of Global Markets in Boston for Bank of America Securities, responsible for fixed income, equity sales/trading, and senior relationship management serving Boston’s investment community. He previously held similar roles at J.P. Morgan in Boston and Prudential Securities in Boston and New York. Outside of the office, Miceal is passionate about cultivating greater economic mobility and opportunity for those in Boston and beyond. He serves as a board member of several non-profit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Catherine D'Amato

Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank

A tireless advocate for the hungry for more than 40 years, Catherine D’Amato assumed the leadership of The Greater Boston Food Bank in 1995. During her tenure, she has transformed GBFB into a $180 million charitable business and increased GBFB’s distribution from 7.5 million meals a year to nearly 90 million healthy meals this past year. She has grown GBFB’s network to 600 dedicated food distribution partners, meal programs and direct distribution sites across 190 communities across Eastern Massachusetts.





Ted Cutler was a champion for hungry kids and families throughout greater Boston. He stepped up to lead the Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope $35,000,000 capital campaign for a new food bank. Under Ted’s leadership, GBFB was able to purchase land and construct a new food bank – the 117,000 square foot warehouse at 70 South Bay.

In addition to GBFB, Ted’s legacy as a generous and thoughtful philanthropist is evident throughout Boston as his support enhanced the arts, education and health.

He often referred to the work and mission of The Greater Boston Food Bank as the “most important social justice work going on in the city of Boston.”

The Ted Cutler Lecture is generously supported by the Cutler Family.

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The fifth-annual Ted Cutler lecture was held on June 15, 2023 and featured a robust conversation amongst Massachusetts Governor, Maura Healey, Catherine D’Amato, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Dr. Angela Odoms-Young, The Nancy Schlegel Meining Associate Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition at The College of Human Ecology, Cornell University and member of GBFB’s Health and Research Council, Dr. Nobert Wilson, Professor of Food, Economics, and Community at Duke University and Member of GBFB’s Health and Research Council, Dr. Sara Bleich, Professor of Public Health Policy at The Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and Dr. Lauren Fiechtner, Director of Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition and GBFB Health and Research Advisor.
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The fourth-annual Ted Cutler lecture was held virtually on April 28, 2022 and featured Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Claire Babineau-Fontenot, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America, and Catherine D’Amato, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Greater Boston Food Bank discussing how the unique challenges of advancing health and hunger equity during the pandemic. Watch the full program >

The third-annual Ted Cutler Lecture was held virtually on April 14, 2021 and featured Dr. Anita McGahan, a world-renowned scholar, a University Professor at the University of Toronto, a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School of Management. The program featured a brief tribute to Ted by Dr. M. Lee Pelton.  Watch the full program >

The second-annual Ted Cutler Lecture featured Margo G. Wootan, D.Sc., Vice President for Nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Dr. Wootan’s keynote address, “Supporting Healthy Eating for Low-Income Families” outlined the promising policy and environmental approaches that can help reshape the food system and make healthier choices easier, especially for low-income families. Joanne Jaxtimer served as the event chair.  View photos  |  Watch the video >

The Inaugural Ted Cutler Lecture, held on April 24, 2018, featured Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, MPA., and was chaired by Joanne Jaxtimer.  Watch the video >

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