412 Food Rescue Names Karin Sabey as Interim CEO

By February 21, 2023February 23rd, 2023Press Release

Pittsburgh, PA (February 23, 2023) – Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization 412 Food Rescue has tapped Karin Sabey as its Interim CEO. Sabey has 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, recently serving in interim roles for organizations in Columbus, OH, and Kansas City, MO.

Founded in 2015, 412 Food Rescue prevents good food from entering the waste stream by safely redirecting it to people in the Pittsburgh region who are experiencing food insecurity. Sixteen nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada use its Food Rescue Hero app to automate food recovery and volunteer engagement efforts. More than 49,000 volunteer drivers registered in the app help to feed one million people annually.

“Karin has deep experience in operations, business strategy, and change management within complex organizations. She’s trained in interim executive leadership and brings a passion for human services and eliminating food insecurity. The board and staff are delighted to have Karin’s guidance as we plan the organization’s next chapter.”

Beth SlagleChair of 412 Food Rescue’s Board of Directors

Sabey said, “The innovative ways in which 412 Food Rescue reduces food waste while meeting the community’s nutritional needs is inspiring. It is a privilege to join such a successful organization, and I am grateful that Leah will continue to be involved to ensure the transition to a new CEO is seamless. I look forward to working with the staff and board in defining their next chapter.”

In October, founding CEO Leah Lizarondo announced she would step down from the role. She will continue to serve as a strategic advisor to Sabey and the board, focusing much of her time on growing Food Rescue Hero’s network of partners and donors.


“412 Food Rescue is extremely fortunate to have Karin lead the organization in this important time. The board could not have found a more exceptional leader, and I am
grateful for their continued service to 412 Food Rescue.”

Leah LizarondoFounder & Strategic Advisor

The board worked through the national firm Third Sector Partners to find and hire Sabey. She is expected to serve six to nine months as the organization refines its strategies and business models for local and international operations and searches for a permanent CEO.