David Beckmann is President of Bread for the World, a Christian citizens' movement against hunger. Its more than 70,000 members, including 5,000 churches, urge the U.S. government to take actions to reduce hunger, both domestically and internationalally. Rev. Beckmann is also a founder of the Alliance to End Hunger. Prior to joining Bread for the World, Rev. Beckmann worked on poverty issues at the World Bank for 15 years. Over the years, he helped to build and strengthen the political influence of many humanitarian organizations, including the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, the ONE Campaign, InterAction, World Vision, Feeding America, the Global Foodbanking Network, Universities Fighting World Hunger, Elanco, MAZON: The Jewish Response to Hunger, and the UN Millennium Hunger Task Force.
A native of Nebraska, Rev. Beckmann is a Lutheran pastor and an economist. He has lived and worked in Ghana and Bangladesh and holds degrees from Yale, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. He holds honorary degrees from Villanova, Capital University, and the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Rev. Beckmann has authored many articles and books, including Transforming the Politics of Hunger and Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God's World. His latest book, Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger, was published in the fall of 2010.