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Rev. David Beckmann has been president of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute since 1991, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Beckmann also founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger. A World Food Prize laureate, he appears regularly in the media and most recently authored Exodus from Hunger: We are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger.
Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and has a degree from the London School of Economics.
World Food Prize laureate David Beckmann is one of the foremost U.S. advocates for hungry and poor people. He has been president of Bread for the World since 1991, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Bread for the World is a U.S. Christian advocacy movement to end hunger.
Beckmann is also president of Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. He founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse U.S. institutions—Muslim and Jewish groups, corporations, unions, and universities—in building the political will to end hunger.
Beckmann is a Lutheran pastor and an economist. He earned degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. Seven universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. In 2010, he was named a World Food Prize laureate.
Beckmann has appeared on "Bill Moyer's Journal," PBS's "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly," CNN Español, C-Span, NPR's "Morning Edition," and "The Diane Rehm Show." His latest book is Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger.
Currently Beckmann serves on USAID's Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, the U.S. Trade Representative's Advisory Committee on Africa, and the Executive Committee of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. He has served as a board member of InterAction, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the ONE Campaign, and the National Anti-Hunger Organizations. Beckmann is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Prior to joining Bread, Beckmann worked at the World Bank for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty.
Beckmann has lived in Bangladesh and Ghana, overseen projects in Bolivia and Ecuador, and visited more than 70 countries. He speaks Spanish.
Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute are honored to work with and among other organizations and groups committed to ending hunger.
In 2010, David Beckmann received the World Food Prize. He was honored alongside Jo Luck, president of Heifer International, jointly recognized for landmark achievements in building two of the world's foremost grassroots organizations leading the charge to end hunger and poverty for millions of people around the world. World Food Prize video about David Beckmann »
In addition to a Bachelor of the Arts from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Christ Seminary, and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics, David Beckmann has received honorary degrees from:
InterAction honored David Beckmann in 2016 with this award that honors outstanding and distinguished leaders in the community of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations. Beckmann was cited "for outstanding leadership and commitment to the voice of the U.S. NGO community, the alleviation of human suffering, the promotion of human rights, and the cause of peace." Watch David Beckmann's acceptance speech »
Rumi Forum honored David Beckmann in 2014 with its Extraordinary Commitment of Service to the Community. Read David Beckmann's acceptance speech »
In 2015, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition awarded David Beckmann its Anti-Poverty Champion Award for his leadership in advocacy efforts to end hunger in the United States and around the world. Bread for the World's press release »
The Center for Public Justice annually recognizes a public servant in pursuit of justice.
Catholic Charities USA awarded Bread for the World its Centennial Medal in recognition of our service to people in need. Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities, presented the medal to David Beckmann: "In our centennial, it is a privilege and honor for Catholic Charities USA to pay tribute to such essential organizations as Catholic Health Association and Bread for the World," he said. "Their willingness to stand with the poor and disenfranchised as we advocate for services and solutions that reflect dignity and respect for all people is truly inspirational. We are so fortunate to partner with people and work of this caliber."
David Beckmann regularly appears on a variety of radio and news outlets, magazines, and websites. You can also often find him at:
David Beckmann has testified before Congress more than 20 times. He has most often appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the U.S. House Committee on International Relations, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules, and the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
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