Title: Deputy Chief Operating Officer
No. of years with current company: 6
Town where I live: Vernon
Town where I work: Bloomfield
College: Clark University
Highest degree: Master’s degree in community development and planning
Miranda Muro is the deputy chief operating officer of Foodshare, Greater Hartford’s regional food bank, where she oversees community programming and organizational planning. Muro has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector and is passionate about creating a future where everyone’s basic needs are met.
In Muro’s six years at Foodshare, she has worked in fundraising, communications, advocacy and program oversight. Prior to Foodshare, Muro worked at the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance in Worcester.
What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?
My best professional accomplishment has been my role as a senior leader at Foodshare during COVID-19. I had to work quickly to assist in developing strategies to expand our operations and introduce new systems to help address the sudden increased need for food assistance during the pandemic.
How are you involved in the community?
I serve on the board of directors of CHR, a nonprofit that serves children, families and adults whose lives have been touched by mental illness, addiction or trauma, and on the Connecticut Food System Alliance steering committee, a network dedicated to advancing a sustainable and just food system.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I’ve learned the importance of making time for the simple things that bring me joy, like arts and crafts with my nephews, reading a good book with my cat, trying new vegetarian recipes with my fiancé Luis, and spending sunny days outside with my family and friends.
What part of work life did you miss most during the pandemic?
I most miss the in-person interaction with my colleagues and other visitors at Foodshare. The pandemic has created overwhelming hardship, yet I continue to be inspired by the perseverance of the people we serve and countless displays of neighbors helping neighbors.
Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:
Appointed deputy chief operating officer of Foodshare at age 29.
Led efforts to integrate data-driven decision-making to strengthen Foodshare’s approach.
Serves on the board of directors of CHR Community Health Resources.
Has dedicated her career to serving our community.
In elementary school, I co-organized a food drive that was recognized by Gov. M. Jodi Rell