Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute and long-time Hunger Action Network board member, has been a tireless advocate for low income New Yorkers for over 20 years in Albany. He led the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security (SENSES, a statewide  anti-poverty advocacy organization) for 13 years and has been the  Director of FPI’s sister 501(c)(4) organization, New Yorkers for  Fiscal Fairness for the past 8 years. Ron is now serving as the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute. Ron is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He also leads an all-volunteer non-profit ( that works to help improve the lives of families in the Capital District, nationally and internationally. He also serves on the board of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Hunger Action Network honored Ron for all his great work with the second Rob Schwartz Making a Difference award on November 18, 2018 at the launch of its Hunger Hurts: The Human Right to Food Campaign event in New York City.

Rob Schwartz, a long time Hunger Action Network board member, died after a very brief illness a few years ago. He leaves behind a legacy to be very proud of. Rob was an activist, a man of faith, devoted father and dancer. Much of his life was dedicated to caring for others and fighting the good fight for social justice.

Ron had great respect and admiration for Rob and his dedication to social justice.