Recognized in “Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World One Nonprofit at a Time,” Enid Borden is an astonishing woman, an inspiring leader, and the preeminent authority on senior hunger in America.
For nearly three decades, Borden has relentlessly led the effort first to raise public awareness about and then to find solutions to the growing problem of senior hunger in America. She coined the term the “hidden hungry,” bringing the issue of senior hunger into the national dialogue. Under Borden’s leadership NFESH commissioned the first comprehensive, national study on food insecurity among seniors and continues to release groundbreaking research on the causes, consequences and future of senior hunger in America. Highlighting the problem of senior hunger has set the stage for Borden to achieve her life’s mission – formulating creative and innovative solutions and then forging partnerships to ensure those solutions become reality.
Prior to founding NFESH, Borden held a variety of executive positions in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. As the President and CEO of the Meals On Wheels Association of America, Borden elevated talk of local “food insecurity” into a national movement to recognize and end “senior hunger.” In doing so, Borden raised millions of dollars annually that continue to buoy that organization’s efforts today. She was the Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs at the Social Security Administration and the Director of Public Affairs for the Office of Human Development Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Borden currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Sesame Street Food Insecurity Advisory Committee and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Alfred University. She has served in numerous capacities on nonprofit organizations and boards and has served on the faculty of the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD.
Borden earned her Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in Upstate New York, her Master’s degree from Adelphi University in New York City and pursued study through the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University.