2023 Sandra Wilson Cherry Award Dinner
Honors Kathy Webb
Award Dinner & Auction will be held November 9, 2023
Kathy Webb is the Chief Executive Officer of the AR Hunger Relief Alliance and a City Director on the Little Rock City Board of Directors. The Alliance is the statewide umbrella organization for Feeding America food banks, food pantries and agencies, and hunger activists, the lead partner for the AR No Kid Hungry Campaign, and the education and advocacy clearinghouse on hunger issues in Arkansas. Webb was elected to the Little Rock City Board in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 and 2022. Webb currently serves as Vice-Mayor of Little Rock.
Previously, Webb represented District 37 in the Arkansas House of Representatives, comprised of much of mid-town Little Rock. She served as Co-Chair of Joint Budget Committee, the first woman in Arkansas history to hold that position. Webb is also the first open LGBT person to run for and be elected to political office in Arkansas.
In 2007, Webb received the Rising Champion Award from Arkansas Kids Count Coalition, followed by the Champion Award in 2009, 2010 Elected Public Official of the Year from the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, Imagine Justice Award from the Black Methodists for Social Renewal and the Steel-Millar Award from Hendrix College for Religion and Social Awareness. In 2011, Webb received the First Branch Award from the Arkansas Judicial Council, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from JCA (formerly NCCJ), and the Mental Health Council of Arkansas Legislator of the Year. TALK BUSINESS rated Webb as the most effective member of the Arkansas House in the 88th General Assembly.
Webb became CEO of the Alliance in 2012. Webb has long been active in the fight against hunger, working with the Alliance and the Legislative Hunger Caucus. The mission of the Alliance allows Webb to pursue her passion of providing immediate support for those in need as well as fighting for systemic change. In 2013, she received the National Advocate of the Year Leadership Award from Share Our Strength. The competitive award was given to Webb based on her tireless efforts on Share Our Strength’s behalf, in the fight to end childhood hunger. She also received the Brownie Ledbetter Civic Engagement Award from the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas in 2013. More recently, she received the Living Legacy Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Award from Philander Smith College, the Center Street Champion Award from First United Methodist Church, and Arkansas Advocate’s Friend of Children Award. Webb has been voted “Best Little Rock City Director” for six consecutive years.
Prior to becoming CEO of the Alliance, Webb co-owned of Lilly’s Dim Sum, Then Some. She received the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s Restaurateur of the Year Award in 2011 and the Humanitarian of the Year in 2005.
She graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a BA in Political Science. In 2007, Webb attended Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, Webb served as Honorary Survivor Chair of the 2015 Arkansas Race for the Cure. In 2017, she was honored as a Hero by the Chicagoland Affiliate of Komen for the Cure, on the 20th anniversary of their founding. Webb served as Founding President from 1997-1999.
Webb represents Ward 3 on the Little Rock City Board, and is the liaison to the Little Rock Zoo, Commission on Children Youth, and Families, and the Age-Friendly Commission. Webb recently served on two commissions under Governor Hutchinson, the Commission on Women and the Food Desert Working Group (Co-Chair). She currently chairs the Mayor’s Food Desert Task Force. Webb also serves on the national board of DePaul USA, which operates programs for alleviating homelessness across the United States and the National League of Cities Council on Youth, Education, and Families. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church.
Webb’s favorite title is “aunt” to her nieces and nephews. She is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan (with the Cubs a close second), book, theatre, and movie lover, and embraces musical genres including classic rock, country, and opera. Webb is a popcorn aficionado and lover of all the foods she prepared in her restaurants. Webb lives with Maggie, her rescue dog, and Alex (Hamilton) and George (Washington), her rescue cats.
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