North Carolina native and Raleigh nonprofit pro Lindsey Blankenhorn is set to join our team as executive director on July 5. Check out our Q + A with Lindsey to learn more about her - it won't take long to see why she's a fantastic fit for Team CK.

What career path led you to Carroll's Kitchen?

I’ve had the great pleasure of working with Mission Increase Raleigh for the last five years. I’ve worked closely with dozens of local nonprofits on organizational health and sustainability, and Carroll’s Kitchen is one of the organizations that captivated me from its inception.

Which of your passions manifest in leading Carroll's Kitchen?

Well two passions, really. Good food! I believe that some of our most sacred moments happen around the table, and with good food. I personally have always loved cooking and serving those I love - it's one of the most satisfying feelings of my daily routine. Being a part of an organization that does that for others really excites me.

I also really believe in the power of restoration. Helping women get a foothold on life again so that they might be equipped and excited to step into life more prepared and believing in themselves - that's the most exciting thing! I'm so looking forward to walking alongside our women.

What does empowerment mean to you?

To me, it means giving people the tools they need to craft their own future. Equipping folks with the self esteem, love, encouragement, along with practical life skills to get them to a place where they can say, “I can do this. I believe in myself. Let's go!”

What do you do in your free time/for fun?

Free time looks a little bit different these days. My husband Richard and I have a newborn daughter, Ada. We spend our time on walks and getting to know the sweet little human. We love to cook and throw parties for those we love.

What titles are currently on your nightstand? 

  • The New Jim Crow, by Alexander
  • Just Mercy, by Stevenson
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Atwood
  • BabyWise

Welcome to the team, Lindsey!