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Bread for the World Managing Director Jim McDonald Takes Position at San Francisco Theological Seminary

Washington, DC, May 17, 2011

Longtime Bread for the World activist and managing director Rev. Dr. James (Jim) McDonald will join San Francisco Theological Seminary as its 11th president in July. An ordained Presbyterian minister, McDonald has served Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute for 13 years.


“It has been an honor to be part of Bread for the World’s important legislative achievements throughout the years,” said McDonald. “I am excited to re-enter the education sector, while continuing my Christian service at San Francisco Theological Seminary.”


McDonald has served in several capacities since joining Bread for the World in 1998, including international policy analyst, vice president of programs and policy, managing director, and most recently, acting president while Rev. David Beckmann has focused on external work. McDonald has played a major role in significant legislative victories, including debt relief for low-income countries, rapid increases in development assistance, major increases in nutrition assistance for low-income Americans, the continuation of enhanced tax credits for working poor American families, and foreign assistance reform. He has also been instrumental in Bread for the World’s current effort to moderate the impact of budget cuts on hungry and poor people.


Prior to joining Bread for the World, McDonald was pastor of Tabernacle United Church in Philadelphia, PA. He was also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University, and board member and president of the Central American Resource Center in Washington, DC. McDonald also served as director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at American University, and taught courses in world politics, U.S. foreign policy, and the international relations of Latin America at George Washington University and American University. A graduate of Princeton University, McDonald also holds a doctorate degree in international relations from American University, and a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York.


“Throughout the years, Jim has been deeply committed to Christian service and, specifically, to Bread for the World. He has taken the lead in managing the rapid growth and change within Bread for the World and the Institute over the last decade,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “He will make an important contribution as president of San Francisco Theological Seminary, and this will be an exciting new phase of life for Jim and his wife.”


San Francisco Theological Seminary is an institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a member of the Graduate Theological Union.

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