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Bread Slices: Staff Developments at Bread

February 2012

LaVida Davis and Alice Walker DuffStaff Developments at Bread

Bread is pleased to welcome two new staff members—Alice Walker Duff as managing director and LaVida Davis as director of organizing and grassroots capacity building.

Dr. Duff began serving as managing director of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute February 1. She previously served as co-founder and former president of Crystal Stairs, one of the country’s largest childcare development agencies. She also served as an executive of the Children and Youth Program of Atlantic Philanthropies, overseeing Elev8, an initiative to improve how schools across the country support low-income children and their families.

Duff replaces Rev. Dr. Jim McDonald, Bread’s first managing director, who left to become president of San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA). His inauguration service is scheduled for Feb. 11.

LaVida Davis, Bread’s former central Midwest regional organizer, is now director of organizing and grassroots capacity building. She 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.

Hunger Justice LeadersHunger Justice Leaders 2012

Bread will give 75 young ministers and religious leaders an opportunity to participate in four days of anti-hunger advocacy training, June 9-12, in Washington, DC. Participants will gain skills in advocacy and community organizing, and connect with ministers from across the United States. The training will culminate in Lobby Day 2012, when attendees will join other Bread activists to lobby their members of Congress on behalf of hungry and poor people. Applications will be accepted from ministers and other influential religious leaders under age 35. Travel assistance and scholarships are available. Visit www.bread.org/hjl.

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