Executive Director & Founder
Ex Officio Member of Board of Directors
Graduating with a double major from the University of California at Berkeley, Benito founded the student group that would evolve into present day SupplyBank.Org during his senior year. The organization received its first full-time employee when Benito began working as a full-time volunteer in 2009, selling his “prized” 2002 Nissan Maxima for the organization’s startup money. By December of the same year, K to College (our name at the time) had secured its first three federal grants thanks to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, three corporate partnerships and the support of the larger East Bay and San Francisco Communities.
The vision was simple: to create a sustainable and streamlined solution to address impoverished children’s unmet basic material needs. That solution was to create the first supply bank of its kind (like a food bank but for tangible necessities) for under-resourced kids, starting with school and dental supplies. Now distributing additional materials that span from launching the nation’s largest diaper kit program for low-income parents to laptops computers for community college students, SupplyBank.Org has grown considerably under Benito’s leadership.
From the starting point, Benito has recruited a professional board of directors, an advisory board of top stakeholders and statewide leaders, hired a full-time staff, designed, developed and implemented the proven SupplyBank.Org business model, secured more than 450 public and private partnerships at the state and local level and fundraised several million dollars for program operations and the construction of the organization’s new 70,000 sq. ft. distribution center. He has also worked with stakeholders to oversee the passage of several pieces of state legislation sponsored by SupplyBank.Org.
As the Executive Director, Benito is responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner. He is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization, serves as the chief public information officer and works in collaboration with the board and stakeholders to shape the future goals of the organization. Primary goals for the future include continued growth for programs, assisting the 300,000 homeless school children in California and opening the distribution center in 2018.
Since its founding, Benito has received several awards on behalf the organization and has been recognized as a Hometown Hero by Comcast and the Bay Area News Group. In 2016 he was named the recipient of the UC Berkeley Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus (young alumnus of the year). Benito was also awarded the New Leaders Council, “40 Under 40” award, a national award celebrating success in entrepreneurship, advocacy, media and politics. Additionally, Benito has accepted several dozen commendations, proclamations and other honorable recognitions on behalf of the organization.
Benito also serves as the Appointee of Governor Edmund Brown and Vice Chair of the California Public Utilities Commission Low-Income Oversight Board, is a founding board member of the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and volunteers for various local charitable causes.
In his spare time Benito enjoys traveling, going to various Bay Area sporting events (especially the A’s, Warriors, Sharks, and Cal Bears), exercise and a good single malt scotch. He is a proud lifelong resident of Oakland, California.