Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Jr.
Clyde Fitzgerald is executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, the premier hunger relief organization in its 18 county service area. Second Harvest Food Bank is part of Feeding America’s national network of food banks.
Clyde is a retired senior executive of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company where he enjoyed a long and successful career. Clyde began his business career in Reynolds’ marketing department, became Chief Executive Officer of two of the company’s international divisions and also served as Senior Executive Vice President of Reynolds’ US operations and a member of R J Reynolds Tobacco Company’s board of directors.
Clyde has a long history of community service and leadership with a variety of organizations. He served a number of years as a board member of Prodigals Community, a drug and alcohol recovery program. He served 6 years on the board of the North Carolina Stroke Association. He’s in his 28th year as a board member of Piedmont Opera, where he has served three different terms as board chair. Clyde has also served as a Trustee of Salem Academy and College, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem / Forsyth County, The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and The United Way of Forsyth County, among others. He has been an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for nearly 45 years.
Clyde has been an active Rotarian in Puerto Rico, Canada and in Winston-Salem, NC, where he’s currently a member of the Downtown Rotary Club. Clyde was honored by Rotary International by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for his extensive community service activities. In 1987, he was publicly honored by the Government of Puerto Rico for his personal commitment to human service endeavors and to the development of arts and cultural activities for the benefit of the Puerto Rican people. He was the first, and remains the only, non-Puerto Rican to receive such an honor. In 2016, Clyde was named the first recipient of Hospice & Palliative CareCenter's Living Your Best Life Leadership Award. The award recognizes a community leader who demonstrates the possibilities and potential of lives in the Triad. In 2017, Triad Business Journal named its “Most Admired CEOs” of 2017, and Clyde was among the 18 honorees.
He is an honor graduate of the University of Georgia and a Vietnam-Era veteran of the US Air Force. Clyde and Carol, his wife of more than 50 years, have three grown children and five grandchildren.