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Invited Speakers

Born and raised in Duncan, OK, Keaton Andreas received his B.A. in religion from Texas Christian University and his M.A. in intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. As an intern at CLUE-LA in California, he learned the basics of organizing and worked on several workers’ rights campaigns related to the hotel and grocery industry. Andreas served as Bread’s interim regional organizer for California and is now one of two Mid-Atlantic/southern organizers in Bread’s DC office. He recently married his beautiful bride, Macall.

Christine Meléndez Ashley, policy analyst, joined Bread in July 2009. She provides organizational leadership on nutrition assistance and child nutrition issues affecting hungry and poor people in the United States by developing and implementing policy and legislative strategy. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as legislative staff assistant and systems administrator for Congressman J. Randy Forbes. She received a B.A. in political science from Wheaton College.

Danielle Ayers is minister of social justice at Friendship West Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, a 12,000-member house of worship whose motto is “Equipping Changed People to Change the World.” Ayers has organized around legislative movements and advocacy campaigns such as the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP); Jena, LA; The Innocence Project of Texas, rezoning of land use; community development voter participation projects; and many other social justice initiatives. She holds a University of Memphis degree in business administration and is working on a M.A. in urban affairs and certificate in nonprofit management at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, joined Bread in September 1991. He leads Bread, Bread for the World Institute, and the Alliance to End Hunger in their work to end widespread hunger and poverty. Prior to working at Bread, Beckmann served at the World Bank for 15 years. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and a master’s of divinity degree from Christ Seminary.

Rev. Derrick L. Boykin, associate for African American leadership outreach, joined Bread in 2006. He is responsible for building a network of national African-American church leaders who are knowledgeable on U.S. foreign assistance issues, committed to a stronger U.S. role in fostering poverty-focused development in Africa, and organized to speak with a powerful advocacy voice to Congress and the administration. Boykin previously served as a chaplain at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He received a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Roanoke College, a master’s of divinity degree from Morehouse School of Religion, and a M.A. in international relations from the University of Sussex.

Rev. LaMarco Cable is a Memphis, TN, native and an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He earned a B.A. in religion from Transylvania University and a master’s of divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Cable served as pastor at Hasson Street Christian Church in Rogersville, TN, and Broadway Christian Church in Winchester, KY. He also served congregations in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Washington, DC. Cable previously served the Christian Church and the United Church of Christ’s Global Ministries as program associate for advocacy and education, working on policy advocacy and constituency relations.

Sister Simone Campbell has served as the executive director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney, and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. Campbell previously served as the executive director of JERICHO, the California interfaith public policy organization that works to protect the interests of people who are poor. Before JERICHO, she served as general director of her religious community, the Sisters of Social Service, leading her sisters in the United States, Mexico, Taiwan, and the Philippines. In Washington, DC, she lobbies on issues of peace building, health care, comprehensive immigration reform, and economic justice. She is a noted speaker and educator around the country on these public policy issues.

Jeannie Choi, online associate editor, joined Bread in August 2011. She manages the Bread Blog, engages Bread members through social media, and writes stories and articles to support Bread’s work. Previously she worked at Sojourners magazine as the web editor. Choi received a B.A. in professional writing and English from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.A. in religion in American life from Wheaton College.

LaVida Davis is the director of organizing and grassroots capacity building. She joined Bread in 2009 as the central Midwest regional organizer based in Chicago. Davis has more than 15 years of community organizing, project management, training, and leadership experience. Some of her successes include creating a voter registration and “Get Out the Vote” campaign targeting the African-American and Latino communities in Chicago for the National Organization for Women Foundation. Davis also has provided technical assistance and training for community organizations around the country addressing affordable housing issues.

Alice Walker Duff, managing director, joined Bread in February 2012. She oversees the work of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute, which includes developing policies to reduce hunger, strategies to influence Congress and the president, finance and administration, fundraising, grassroots organizing, communications, relations with churches and other institutions, and collaboration with the Alliance to End Hunger. Prior to working at Bread, Duff was a programme executive making grants to advance the Elev8 Initiative of the Children & Youth Programme of the Atlantic Philanthropies in New York City. Before that, she was the president/CEO of Crystal Stairs, a nonprofit organization she co-founded in South Central Los Angeles, CA, which improves the lives of families through child care research, service, and advocacy. She received a B.A. in sociology from Occidental College, an M.A. in the sociology of education from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in urban planning from UCLA.

Carter Echols joined Bread in January 2009 and is responsible for Bread’s congregational engagement. She develops resources and strategies and supports Bread’s organizers in maintaining and strengthening relationships with local congregations and churches. Echols previously served in leadership positions in the Episcopal Church, including canon to the ordinary for the dioceses of Washington and Newark, and canon missioner at Washington National Cathedral. She was executive director of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington for nearly nine years. Echols has a degree in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in business administration from William and Mary.

Jen Fraser started at Bread as the organizing assistant in February 2010 and was promoted to organizing and grassroots capacity building coordinator in fall 2011. She now serves as a regional organizer for Bread’s Mid-Atlantic/southern region. She holds an honors degree in sociology and women and gender studies from Holy Cross College in MA, where she founded and led Holy Cross’s Oxfam America Club, was the regional campaign director for the College Democrats of Massachusetts, and led the school’s Student Coalition on Hunger and Homelessness. She also has worked at Catholic Charities, Oxfam America, and the ONE Campaign, and has volunteered on various political campaigns.

Since 2001, David Gist has served as Bread’s California organizer, mobilizing California faith communities to advocate around hunger and poverty. Prior to joining Bread, he worked for the UCLA Oral History program, earned a master’s degree in U.S. history (specializing in political reform), and worked six years for a Nicaraguan relief and development agency based in Managua.

John Gonzalez, northeast organizer, joined Bread in September 2011. He continues to build, organize, and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty. Gonzalez previously served as director of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) office for a national Catholic religious congregation (The Passionists) and was a member of their international JPIC Commission. He received a B.A. in history from Siena College, a M.A. in pastoral studies from Catholic Theological Union, and is currently a doctor of ministry candidate at Fordham University.

Jon Gromek, north central organizer, joined Bread in May 2011. He continues to build, organize and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty. Gromek previously worked for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Sojourners, Network: a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and as a community organizer for congregation-based community organizations in Ohio and Florida through the DART Network. He received a B.A. in political science and theology from Xavier University and is pursuing an MBA at Wright State University in Dayton.

Kate Hagen, Hunger Report Fellow, joined Bread in January 2011. She provides project support to the senior editor of the Hunger Report by composing data tables, coordinating hungerreport.org, and promoting the Hunger Report. Previously, Hagen served in South Africa through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and fell in love with the people—from her primary school students to her fellow Christians striving for justice. She received a B.A. in philosophy and management studies from St. Olaf College.

Larry Hollar, senior regional organizer, joined Bread in July 1985. He continues to build, organize and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty and to strategize on grassroots opportunities. Hollar previously was counsel to the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives, and an attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation. He received a B.A. from Williams College, a master’s degree in theological studies from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School.

Amelia Kegan, senior policy analyst, joined Bread in November 2009. She provides organizational leadership on domestic poverty, economics, tax, and other issues affecting poor and hungry people in the United States by analyzing legislation, advocating on Capitol Hill, and developing legislative strategy. Kegan previously worked at a variety of other nonprofits, focusing on federal budget, tax, and low-income policy. She received a B.A. in government from Smith College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the Illinois bar and serves on the board of the Washington Council of Lawyers.

Elizabeth Marcey, policy analyst, joined Bread in June 2010. She develops and implements policy and legislative strategy regarding international issues affecting poor and hungry people. Marcey specializes in issues of foreign assistance reform and appropriations work. She previously worked for DC nonprofits including the Council for Women World Leaders, the International Center for Research on Women, and Women Thrive Worldwide. She received a B.A. in government and international politics from George Mason University and a M.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.

Ricardo Moreno, national associate for Latino relations, joined Bread in May 2004. He develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with Latino denominational leaders and organizations. Moreno previously worked as the regional organizer for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, and the Cluster of Presbyterian Churches of Hollywood and Wilshire of Pacific Presbytery PCUSA. He received a B.A. in theology from the Latin American Theological Seminary and a master of divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Matt Newell-Ching is a regional organizer based in Portland, OR, who serves Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Washington, and Wyoming. Newell-Ching has more than 10 years of experience as a grassroots organizer and policy analyst on issues relating to hunger and poverty. He previously served as a Congressional Hunger Fellow and worked for organizations including Sojourners and Feeding America. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Duke University with a minor in economics. He lives in Portland with his wife, Megan, 2-year old son, Abraham, and three chickens.

Todd Post, senior editor for the Hunger Report, joined Bread in September 2004. He manages the overall development, production, and dissemination of the Institute’s annual hunger report. Prior to working at Bread, Post was the editor of NASA’s ASK Magazine about space science, project management, and public-private partnerships within the agency. He received a B.A. in English from Old Dominion University and a M.A. in creative writing from George Mason University.

Sarah Rohrer, northeast organizer, joined Bread in June 2008. She continues to build, organize, and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty. Rohrer previously worked as outreach director and volunteer coordinator for a drop-in center for chronically homeless people in midtown Atlanta. She received a B.A. in religion and sociology from Denison University and a master’s of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Rev. Gabriel and Rev. Jeanette Salguero are senior pastors of the multicultural Lamb’s Church in New York City. Their life’s work is bringing an ethical framework to public policy and empowering multicultural leadership. The Salgueros have worked on issues of indigenous leadership development, faith and public policy, and racial and economic justice. Gabriel is the founder of P.O.G. International, a ministry focused on diversity leadership empowerment and training. He presently serves as the president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and is an executive member of the Latino Leadership Circle. He also currently serves on The Washington Post’s OnFaith panel, an online panel of religious leaders and scholars, and is often a guest columnist on El Diario/La Prensa. The Salgueros have convened regional forums on immigration in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. They have two sons, Jon-Gabriel and Seth Alexi.

Zach Schmidt, field organizer, joined Bread in September 2008. He continues to build, organize, and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty. Schmidt previously worked in social services with Latino youth and families suffering from mental illness. He received a B.A. in biblical and theological studies from Bethel University and a M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Robin Stephenson, western organizer, joined Bread in March 2008. She continues to build, organize, and strengthen Bread’s grassroots network to accomplish its legislative goals toward ending hunger and poverty. Stephenson previously worked as a contract archeologist. She received a B.A. from the University of California-Berkeley.

Adam Russell Taylor is vice president of advocacy at World Vision. He formerly served as senior political director at Sojourners, cofounder and executive director of Global Justice, and associate at the Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights. Taylor earned a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, a master of divinity degree from the Samuel Proctor School of Theology, and a B.A. from Emory University in international studies. He is an associate minister at First Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and the author of Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism for a Post-Civil Rights Generation.

Racine Tucker-Hamilton, media relations manager, joined Bread in April 2010. She develops and implements comprehensive and strategic media plans that will advance the visibility, legislative agenda, and goals of Bread. She is also responsible for developing relationships with journalists to places stories that ensure Bread's key messages reach intended audiences. Tucker-Hamilton was previously a broadcast journalist and worked in media relations for Greenpeace, National Parks Conservation Association, and World Resources Institute. She received her B.A. in communications/radio and TV from Radford University.

Krisanne Vaillancourt-Murphy, associate for evangelical relations, originally joined Bread in May 2000 and again in December 2007. She develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with evangelical denominations and para-church organizations and agencies. She previously worked with the Latin America Working Group and served as executive director of Witness for Peace. She received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in theological studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.

Faustine Wabwire, senior foreign assistance policy analyst, joined Bread in June 2010. She provides policy leadership on issues of global hunger and food security and the role of effective U.S. foreign assistance in addressing the causes of and providing solutions to hunger and poverty around the world. Wabwire previously worked with international development agencies in Africa and Europe and has expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, and food and livelihood security mapping, among other areas. She received a B.A. in sociology from Moi University and holds a M.A. in development management, a M.A. in development policy, and a M.A. in intercultural service, leadership, and management.

Tamela Walhof, senior upper Midwest and plains organizer, joined Bread in 1995. Walhof has developed action networks and leaders in all 23 congressional districts of five upper Midwest states, and she does 60-100 trainings each year to recruit and empower members and leaders to be powerful advocates. She previously worked with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee as project director in Nicaragua and as a community organizer and developer in the Dominican Republic. Prior to CRWRC, she was a policy research assistant with the Legislative Commission on State Local Relations. Walhof received a B.A. from Dordt College and a M.A. from the State University of New York.

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