Pat Schmalz is grateful he gets to make a living helping a group of people who have a huge positive impact on many of our most vulnerable neighbors.
While all the Meals on Wheels’ around the country are different (SF CFOO David Linnell likes to say “When you ‘ve seen one Meals on Wheels…you’ve seen one Meals on Wheels”), one of the core values of most groups, including the Meals on Wheels in New York state who helped Schmalz’s mom and Meals on Wheels San Francisco (MOWSF) is the respect and kindness the drivers, social workers, nutritionists and volunteers provide to clients every day.
Schmalz appreciates the terrific finance team that supports not only the front line groups, but also all the dedicated teams in the kitchen, logistics and other headquarters functions under the guidance of CEO Ashley McCumber and a wonderful board.
Schmalz is most proud of helping facilitate $8 million from New Markets Tax Credit financing to help fund construction of the $42 million Sangiacomo Flynn Building kitchen and distribution center then transitioning into the agency-wide cross functional team that facilitated MOWSF’s Covid response.
With the financial support of generous donors and the dedicated SF Department of Disability and Aging Services and Homelessness & Supportive Housing teams, as well as First Republic Bank’s help getting Payroll Protection Program funds, MOWSF made sure no client missed a single meal or social work service during Covid.
Schmalz earned a BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University then worked in a variety of financial and administrative roles in both for profit and not for profit organizations, while earning an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, as well as a currently inactive CPA credential from the great state of Maryland, before joining MOWSF in 2016.