by Max Brantley
Webb will succeed Rhonda Sanders, who left the alliance about a month ago for another job.
Webb, who's had a long career in the restaurant business, has been an active volunteer over the years in hunger relief efforts and has been on the board of the Arkansas Foodbank Network. She was a a co-owner and co-founder with Nancy Tesmer of Lilly's Dim Sum Then Some, but no longer has an interest in the venture.
Hunger agencies sometimes have an interest in legislative issues, though the coming fiscal session is supposed to deal strictly with budgetary matters. The 2011 legislature adopted a one-year waiting period for legislators who hope to become lobbyists, but it didn't apply to current legislators who didn't seek re-election this year. Webb is term limited. It's unclear whether her work as director of an agency that is essentially a trade organization for anti-hunger group will include lobbying, but it seems unavoidable.
UPDATE: Webb confirms the new job, says she won't begin until March 15, which should be after the conclusion of her final legislative session.