The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has appointed Rob Gifford as president of its Educational Foundation.
Gifford, who was already working at the Foundation, will take up his new role on July 1.
Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association said: “Rob’s passion and dedication for cultivating the next generation of restaurant leaders is unparalleled.
“This promotion reflects Rob’s commitment to excellence and his contributions to the ongoing success of the industry.”
During Gifford’s time at the Foundation, its ProStart high school culinary and restaurant management program has grown by more than 50 percent, reaching 150,000 students across the country every year.
Additionally the Foundation has introduced a growing array of programs designed to attract, empower, and advance the industry’s workforce.
Amongst these is Restaurant Ready, a work readiness training program offered to opportunity youth and ex-offenders in cities throughout the nation and the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship program, which provides existing industry employees with apprenticeships to become certified restaurant or lodging managers
As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the NRAEF is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career opportunity, and community engagement efforts.