Fishline Food Bank & Comprehensive Services Appoints New Executive Director Charlie Thompson


[POULSBO, WA, FEBRUARY 13, 2023] After a broad search that identified multiple top-notch candidates, Fishline Food Bank and Comprehensive Services is thrilled to announce that the Board of Directors has named Charlie Thompson the new Executive Director.

Thompson’s extensive experience and background in non-profits and similarly run organizations in Tacoma and Minnesota proved to be a big catalyst in the hiring process, and will immediately benefit our community, clients, volunteers, staff, and comprehensive service providers.

“We are very excited to welcome Charlie into our Fishline family. We selected him after a rigorous search process and he was clearly the best fit given his experience leading similar organizations, the thoughtfulness of his responses to our toughest questions, and the passion he showed for the people we serve,” explained Board President Jagoda Perich-Anderson. 

A message from Charlie Thompson:

“Six years ago, I joined the team at Neighbors, Inc. in Minnesota as its CEO. During that time, we expanded the hunger relief programs from in person shopping to include curbside pick-up, in-home delivery, and offsite distributions. Our thrift store continues to provide essential items for our neighbors in need and is a steady source of revenue for the organization. The financial empowerment program is helping people achieve their financial goals and helping to mitigate the effects of poverty. I am proud of what Neighbors has accomplished during the past six years and extremely grateful to the volunteers, donors, and employees for making it possible.

As I join the team at Fishline, I am excited to learn more about the organization and the community. I look forward to blending our experiences so that we can provide the best services to our neighbors in need. I encourage all Fishline supporters to reach out to me and share your hopes and dreams for the organization and our community.”

Charlie’s first day will be Tuesday, February 21st. Retiring Executive Director, Lori Maxim, will be staying on through February 23rd to help provide a seamless transfer of leadership. Lori believes Fishline will be in extremely good hands moving forward and has already begun weekly organizational conversations with Charlie.

“Charlie’s experience, leadership skills, and deep empathy for those needing a hand-up makes him the ideal replacement as Executive Director. I know he will be a valuable asset to Fishline and am so excited to see what the future holds with Charlie at the helm.” Said Lori Maxim.

You can reach Fishline at or by calling (360) 779-5190.


Fishline is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide food and access to resources that offer stability, improve health and well-being, and help people onto a path to self-sustainability. Established in 1967.