Michele Sumilas is Managing Director of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute. Photo by Joe Molieri / Bread for the World

Michele Sumilas

Executive Director

Michele manages the daily operations of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute and assists the president in directing their overall strategies.

She has extensive, successful experience as a manager. Before joining Bread, she worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including as chief of staff. While at USAID, Michele played a key role in the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. USAID is a 10,000-person government agency with 13 bureaus in Washington, D.C., and 75 missions around the world.

Michele previously served on the House of Representatives’ appropriations subcommittee on state and foreign operations, where she oversaw the U.S. government's development policy and budget. Prior to serving in government, Sumilas worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led a global health advocacy portfolio. She also served as the director of government relations for the Global Health Council.

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