City Harvest and the Healthy Neighborhoods Programs

The cofounder of a networking group, the Wall Street CLO Club, Carol Pledger served as a managing director at Goldman Sachs for 13 years. Carol Pledger was a former member of the City Harvest Board.

The first food rescue organization in the world, the New York City-based City Harvest originated in 1982. Every year, the organization collects and distributes more than 500 million pounds of donated food to hundreds of community food programs, especially food pantries and soup kitchens, which often need fresh items the most. Committed to helping the almost 1.5 million residents who are facing hunger, City Harvest focuses on education, food distribution, and other innovative programs throughout the area.

In addition to its food rescue efforts, City Harvest conducts a healthy neighborhoods initiative in communities throughout Washington Heights, South Bronx, Northwest Queens, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Staten Island’s North Shore. For more than 10 years, the organization has strived to relieve food insecurity by working with residents and retailers to increase access to healthy, affordable food. It also provides free activities and nutrition resources to encourage residents to make healthy choices when purchasing and preparing their meals.


About the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Carol Pledger has volunteered with City Harvest in New York City, and served as a mentor for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

With operations in 11 major cities throughout the country, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provides a range of opportunities, from business support services and education to financial capital. A $500 million enterprise in the United States, the program also operates in the United Kingdom to encourage growth in both markets. Designed with the small business owner in mind, the program addresses common concerns such as customer attraction and retention, financing issues, and business strategy development.

Free for those who pass the application process, the program features a comprehensive system that promotes education and networking. For example, the nine classroom sessions and four focused modules cover topics that improve the chance of success in all areas of business. Graduates experience significant revenue increases, and many are able to create new jobs. Ninety percent of participants reported they would recommend the program.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and U.S. Department of State Partnership

Carol Pledger is a New York City-based executive whose prior employers include Goldman Sachs and Accenture. Carol Pledger also believes in the value of community service and has mentored others through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative.

Launched in 2008, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative works to connect women from countries such as Liberia, India, and China with business and management education, mentoring, and networking.

Earlier this year, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of State. Also in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School, the new partnership will further work to support emerging female leaders across the Middle East and Northern Africa in both for-profit and nonprofit industries. The partnership plans to welcome 29 female entrepreneurs from 15 different countries to the United States for two weeks. During this time, the women will complete a program focused on leadership training and entrepreneurship and will leave the United States with additional knowledge needed to grow their businesses and create jobs.

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Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Assists Underserved Female Entrepreneurs

An experienced human resources executive, Carol Pledger most recently served as a Managing Director and Global Head of Talent Management at Goldman Sachs in New York City. While with Goldman Sachs, Carol Pledger was active in several of the firm’s philanthropic programs, including serving as a mentor in the 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses programs. Ms. Pledger also served as a Board Member and volunteer with City Harvest for several years.

For more than 30 years, City Harvest has been working to alleviate hunger in New York City. As the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest has rescued some 465,000,000 million pounds of food throughout the five boroughs of New York City since its founding.

City Harvest partners with New York City residents that are directly affected by hunger and diet-related diseases to address the underlying causes. City Harvest’s food rescue work has expanded to include programs which increase the availability of produce, provide nutrition education, and build the capacity of it’s agency network. City Harvest also advocates on behalf of low-income New Yorkers to promote local, state and federal anti-hunger policies and programs.