CFC# 19112     UWNCA# 8080     CVC# 08540     UWCM# 19112

Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network

MAGNET

THOMAS R. CHANDLER
Executive Director
6833 Hill Park Drive, Lorton, Virginia 22079

(571) 221-3992


OVERVIEW

Mr. Chandler has a varied background in national service with the U.S. Navy and as a professional Navy Officer (retired), in business as an owner/manager of several businesses in the Washington metropolitan area, and in service to the poor in the Mid-Atlantic area.

EXPERIENCE

2001 – Present           Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET)

Founded the Mid-Atlantic Gleaning Network (MAGNET) by merging together the Washington Area Gleaning Network (WAGN) and the Baltimore Area Gleaning Network (BAGNET). Mission is to fight hunger by harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables from farms and orchards. Responsible for all aspects of MAGNET, including fundraising, organization, staffing, and operations.  Built on previous successes at WAGN and BAGNET to expand geographic area of operations for gleaning and food recovery centered on our Nation's capital.

 
2004 – 2007                Project Director, Maryland Food Security Network 

Currently developing the Maryland Food Security Network under a three year grant by US Department of Agriculture to establish an integrated statewide food security network that organizes and links the food producers (farms, orchards, and gardens) in the region with food consumers in low income communities in all areas of the State of Maryland. 

The project  empowered low income people to better meet their own food needs by providing increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables from highly productive farms, orchards, and gardens, by empowering local community leaders to access needed resources, and by developing the infrastructure throughout the state for sustainable access by low income populations
 

1993– 2001                 Executive Director, Washington Area Gleaning Network

Founded and directed the growth of a grassroots gleaning effort into a non-profit charitable organization called the Washington Area Gleaning Network (WAGN) recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Developed WAGN into a networked organization involving 50 farms and orchards, over 8,000 volunteers each year, a distribution system of more than 350 food service providers and low income communities, providing 2-5 million pounds of fresh produce per year with an economic value for the low income population’s “safety Net” of over 2 million dollars per year.

 
1990 – 1993                Washington Area Coordinator, Society of St. Andrew

Coordinated the activities of the Society of St. Andrew, a national gleaning and food recovery organization, in the Mid-Atlantic region around Washington DC.   Organized grassroots gleaners from local areas to glean produce at local farms. 

 
1986 – 1992                Community Programs Coordinator, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN)

Directed OPERATION BLESSING, the benevolence ministry of CBN, in a five state area around the Nation's capital; namely, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Delaware, and West Virginia.  Assisted poor with financial and other assistance in conjunction with local churches and the community organizations serving the poor.  Coordinated with over 600 charitable organizations to help the poor.
 

1979 – 1986                Owner/Chief Executive Officer of Several Business Enterprises

  • Served as CEO of Hawaiian Flowers, Inc., Alexandria,  Virginia.
  • Served as CEO of XEBEC Corporation, Gaithersburg,  Maryland
  • Sole proprietor of Shaffer Florists, Alexandria,  Virginia.
  • Real Estate Investor, properties in Northern Virginia and Hawaii.
  • Vice President of Professional Management Associates, Rockville, Maryland.

 1959 - 1979                 Commander, U.S. Navy

Served as a regular officer in the U.S. Navy.  Attained the rank of Commander.  Obtained experience in varied fields of national defense, information  technology, program management, logistics, leadership, foreign affairs, security, intelligence, and communications command and control.

EDUCATION

B. A., Political Science/Pre-Law, University of Illinois, 1955-1959

M.S., Strategic Intelligence, Defense Intelligence  University, 1962

Post Graduate, International Relations, George Washington
University, 1963-1966

M.A., International Relations, University of Southern  California, 1968

M.A., Education, Regents  University, 1988