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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 as well as an economist. He earned degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. Six 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.
World Food Prize
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.
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:
Community of Christ
In 2014, the Community of Christ awarded David Beckmann its International Peace Award, established in 1993 to recognize peacemakers throughout the world.
Rumi Forum Peace and Dialogue Awards
Rumi Forum honored David Beckmann in 2014 with its Extraordinary Commitment of Service to the Community.
National Latino Evangelical Coalition
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.
Center for Public Justice Leadership Award
The Center for Public Justice annually recognizes a public servant in pursuit of justice.
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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