At the end of last year, we said farewell to nine board members – Beth Bostrom, John Carr, Claire Gholston, Jeffrey Haggray, Carlos Malave, Jo Anne Lyon, William Moore, Edith Avila Olea, and Sharon Thornberry—with heartfelt thanks for their incredible leadership and guidance of Bread for the World through complex times and moments of important transformation for our organization.
These members helped guide our work through the transition of organizational presidents and the first years of the pandemic. We are deeply grateful for their service and look forward to staying connected with them as they continue to be anti-hunger advocates, policymakers, fundraisers, and leaders in their communities. We also said goodbye to U.S. Sen. Robert Dole, who was a member of the board for more than 20 years, upon his passing in December.
We are delighted to share the results of our 2021 Board of Directors election. Bread for the World’s membership and board elected six new members:
Cecilia Williams, CEO and President of the Christian Community Development Association
Faustine Wabwire, Parish Council member at St. Augustine and Senior Program Officer for Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Nikki Toyoma-Szeto, Executive Director of Christians for Social Action.
Katie Sexton-Wood, Executive Director of the Arizona Faith Network.
Adam Edgerly, Director of Covenant World Relief and Development of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Frank Dew, Peace and Justice Advocate for Salem Presbytery and a member of the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee.
Four board members were re-elected to additional terms:
Jeremy Everett, Founder and Executive Director of the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty.
Allison Mark, Senior Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church.
Frank Madison Reid, III, Ecumenical Officer for the African Methodist Episcopal Church as well as Presiding Prelate of the Third Episcopal District.
Dr. Bobby S. Terry, Advisor to the President of Samford University for Faith Networks.
We are thrilled to welcome these members to the board and have their voices help us navigate the next stages of the pandemic, guide Bread for the World’s work to address the domestic and global hunger crises, and engage in new and dynamic ways with Congress, the Administration, denominations and churches around the country, and each other.
A full list of board members and their biographies are at bread.org/board.
Reach out to Jamie Thomas if you are interested in joining Bread for the World’s board or have questions about the nomination process.