The Griffin Report’s 2016 Woman Executive of the Year is Linda Doherty, president and CEO of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC). Doherty has combined professionalism, food industry knowledge and the ability to effectively communicate her thoughts to become a well-respected leader of her organization.
She took Gov. Chris Christie to court, but once the issue was settled in favor of the NJFC has worked with Christie on legislative bills positively affecting the council.
The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s food industry trade association with nearly 400 members representing more than 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, convenience stores and manufacturing and service companies that supply them. Its impressive roster of members includes representatives from Wegmans, Wawa and Wakefern-ShopRite as well as many independents. Doherty is the fifth—and longest serving—NJFC president in its 47-year history.
Recently, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the state’s largest newspaper, listed NJFC as the sixth Most Impactful Trade Association in Trenton. Recognizing Doherty’s value to the organization, the NJFC Board of Directors will present her with a special “Excellence in Leadership Award” at its Night of Distinction on March 16 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey. The award is, in part, being bestowed because she did recently become NJFC’s longest serving president at 12 years.
But her roots in the organization go further back than that. Prior to her promotion by the NJFC board, Doherty served as EVP and VP and also held the position of director of communications and public affairs for the association. This year, she celebrates her 23rd anniversary with the NJFC.
Prior to joining NJFC, Doherty was communications specialist with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). While at DEP, she was awarded EPA’s Environmental Quality Award for managing a communications campaign on marina recycling.
Doherty served on Christie’s Transition Team as a member of the Economic Growth and Development sub-committee. Doherty is former chair of the Food Industry Association of Executives Board of Directors, a national organization of state executives in the grocery and retail industry representing 95 percent of the grocery and food industry in the U.S. Doherty recently served on the board of directors of the National Grocers Association and currently serves on the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers University, the Food Innovation Center and the Clean Communities Council.
*Editor’s note: Read more about Doherty in the February 2016 print edition of The Griffin Report, including a “Q&A” with the leader.