President & Chief Executive Officer

Req Number: FE416
Location: Washington, DC
Posted: 7/11/2019
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Not-For-Profit
Job Type: Permanent


Bread for the World (and its affiliate, Bread for the World Institute), a non-partisan, Christian movement to end hunger, seeks a dynamic person of faith to build upon an existing foundation by deepening existing relationships and engaging new communities and individuals in its critical mission of ending hunger. Bread for the World, a 501(c)(4), advocates at the federal level, with a collective Christian voice, to change policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist.  Bread for the World Institute (the Institute), a 501(c)(3), performs policy analysis in support of Bread’s mission and identifies the changes needed to eliminate hunger and poverty.

The incoming President and CEO will inherit the preeminent Christian anti-hunger organization in the United States with a rich, decades-long legacy of achievements in legislative and executive advocacy that have bent the arc of history toward justice. The successful incoming President and CEO, however, must navigate this faith-based organization through the shifting political and religious landscape to maintain its reputation and continue the successes built on both this reputation and the justness of its mission.  S/he will develop and lead a political strategy to end hunger in the United States and abroad, while broadening Bread’s important Christian identity, ensuring inclusivity, and embracing a genuine commitment to social and racial justice in the organization’s programs and operations.  The President and CEO will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to drive advocacy, grow funding, and implement advocacy campaigns to achieve the moral imperative of ending hunger. 

This is an exciting opportunity for a leader of Christian faith to affect change for people living with hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.


Bread for the World advocates for changes in policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, both in the United States and abroad. The organization executes its mission through advocacy, outreach, education, and prayer. The organization has embraced a commitment to applying a racial equity lens to all its work, and strives to embody this commitment in its advocacy, communications, research, organizing and operations.

Bread’s goal is to end hunger by 2030. Bread believes that everyone, including the federal government, must play its part in order to achieve this goal. Bread advocates for the expansion of development programs that address the immediate impacts of hunger and poverty as well as long-term solutions that address the root causes of hunger.


In the 1970s, Reverend Art Simon, the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church on New York City’s Lower East Side, often found himself responding to emergency situations caused by hunger and poverty in his neighborhood.

Simon, along with a dozen other church leaders in the area — Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and others — began to explore how they might address the local and global root causes of hunger and reflect on how persons of faith could be mobilized to influence U.S. policies that address these causes. They saw an opportunity for Christians to proactively prevent hunger rather than merely reacting to it. In 1974, Bread for the World was founded with the mission of ending hunger in the world by speaking out to elected officials in Washington, D.C. By year's end, more than 500 people had joined the ranks of Bread for the World as advocates for and with people living with hunger and poverty.

In 1991, Rev. David Beckmann assumed leadership of Bread for the World and the Institute.  Since then, Bread and the Institute have expanded significantly and motivated millions of Christians around the country to come together to advocate with and for people living with hunger and poverty. Beckmann was awarded the World Food Prize for his leadership and advocacy on hunger and poverty.  In 2018, Beckmann announced his retirement.

Bread for the World has two affiliate organizations, Bread for the World Institute and the Alliance to End Hunger.  Bread for the World and the Institute have shared board and executive leadership.  The Institute’s activities are described below.  The Alliance to End Hunger is not hiring new leadership and the new President and CEO of Bread for the World will not be responsible for the operations of the Alliance to End Hunger. 


In partnership with other non-profit organizations, strategic church partners and local churches, its members and activists, and young adults and college students, Bread mobilizes Christians and others in key congressional districts to advocate for policies and programs that will lead to the end of hunger.  Working in a bipartisan way, Bread has established a reputation on Capitol Hill as an honest broker and capable partner.

Since its founding, Bread’s influence has been dependent on its grassroots network of members and activists who work in concert with national denominations, networks, and organizations to influence members of Congress and the administration. Bread members send letters and emails, make phone calls, and visit their members of Congress in order to educate them about anti-hunger and poverty legislation and to advocate for changes that will lead to a world where hunger and poverty are addressed. 

In 1975, Bread launched its first large-scale letter-writing campaign – the Offering of Letters – on the right to food. Annually, Bread for the World invites churches and activists across the country to join the nationwide Offering of Letters effort on an issue important to hungry and poor people. In 2019, the Offering of Letters focuses on global child nutrition programs.   Moved by God’s grace, Bread’s members understand that their advocacy is a way to put their Christian faith into action.

From the very start, Bread has been a collaborative grassroots movement. Bread’s grassroots network remains the engine of the organization today. Thousands of individual members, churches, and denominations are active in nearly every congressional district. Bread speaks truth to power with a compassionate Christian voice in order to build the political will to end hunger and poverty.


The Institute is Bread for the World’s research and educational affiliate, generating policy analysis on hunger and poverty and preparing vital educational resources. The Institute’s nonpartisan policy analysis leads to strategies and policy proposals that strengthen Bread as a trusted voice in national life. The Institute has been educating Bread’s advocacy network, opinion leaders, policymakers, and the public about hunger in the United States and abroad since 1975.  A well-educated and motivated U.S. constituency will ultimately change the politics of hunger.

The Institute publishes an annual Hunger Report. Each year, the Hunger Report focuses on a particular topic and its relationship to the root causes of hunger and poverty. The 2018 Hunger Report focused on the connection between jobs and hunger.  The Institute also produces briefing papers, fact sheets, and infographics for policymakers and activists. The Institute’s current analysis and advocacy areas include international and domestic hunger and poverty, U.S. populations most impacted by hunger, U.S. foreign assistance, the Sustainable Development Goals, maternal and child nutrition, global food security and agriculture, and the root causes of hunger including structural racism.

The Institute helps Bread members and activists tell the story of people living with hunger in their communities and see connections around the world. Bread believes that empowering people with information will facilitate real progress toward ending hunger.



In partnership with the Board of Directors, the President and CEO is responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision for Bread for the World (and Bread for the World Institute), ensuring the organization’s continued ability to significantly impact the lives of people living with hunger and poverty.  The President will inspire and motivate internal and external audiences, demonstrating a strong commitment to the mission of Bread for the World and exhibiting a deep calling to end hunger by 2030.

Specific responsibilities include:

Strategic Vision and Leadership

  • In collaboration with the Board, Executive Director and senior leadership team develop and implement Bread’s strategic vision and plan based on Bread’s core mission, values, culture, history, and commitment to collaboration with key partners and stakeholders.
  • Effectively lead institutional innovation and change initiatives to re-energize the organization by growing the grassroots base, modernizing its communications efforts including through the use of digital tools and attracting younger Bread advocates. 
  • Ensure effective decision-making processes that enable the organization to achieve short-term and long-term goals and objectives in a rapidly changing political environment.
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure the success and growth of the organization’s long-standing work to build partnerships with faith-based groups from communities of color, and incorporate racial equity into its programmatic work.
  • Provide inspirational leadership and direction to the senior leadership team ensuring continued development and management of an inclusive, diverse, professional environment that is values-driven and results-focused.
  • Promote a culture that embraces diversity and is characterized by open and direct communication, collaboration, reflection, a commitment to continuous improvement, and a willingness to take calculated risks.
  • Provide sound fiscal management that operates within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintains a strong organizational fiscal position.

External Affairs, Fundraising and Advocacy

  • Together with Bread’s advocacy and coalition partners, work toward the goal of ending hunger by 2030.
  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for Bread for the World and the Institute.
  • Lead the growth and diversification of the organization’s resource base to maximize Bread’s impact and ensure the continued financial viability and sustainability of the organization. Secure, cultivate and maintain relationships with existing major donors while seeking out new sources of financial support. 
  • Sustain, nurture and build relationships with Bread for the World’s diverse constituencies including strategic church partners and local church leadership, peer organizations, faith based and advocacy organizations engaging communities of color, and other key advocacy partners, U.S. government officials, including members of Congress and executive branch leadership, donors, and other key institutional allies.  
  • Ensure that Bread for the World continues to be represented as a convener and an agent of change in the halls of government to eliminate hunger and poverty.
  • Partner with the Alliance to End Hunger and create opportunities to leverage the strategic relationship between the two organizations.

Board Development and Governance

  • Support the Board to fulfill its governance functions and facilitate optimal performance by the Board, committees and individual members.
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the Board and ensure open and timely communication about financial and programmatic performance against stated milestones and goals.
  • Support a diverse and inclusive Board that is highly engaged and willing to leverage their network and resources in support of the organization’s mission.



The successful candidate will be a collaborative, strategic, and visionary leader of Christian faith with compelling presence, credibility, ethics and integrity. S/he will be passionate about Bread for the World’s mission and vision of ending hunger, and deeply committed to social and racial justice. S/he will bring an inspirational style with exceptional relationship-building, fundraising, and advocacy skills.

Additional ideal qualifications will include:

  • At least eight years of relevant work experience, preferably in nonprofit management or within an organization of similar scale and/or complexity.
  • Active membership in a Christian church and ability to apply Christian faith to any situation. A familiarity with and respect for diverse Christian theological traditions and a high level of comfort collaborating ecumenically.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to passionately engage others. 
  • Proven experience building effective and meaningful partnerships and coalitions, both nationally and internationally. 
  • A fundraising track record or other experience suggesting an aptitude to generate and mobilize significant resources from a variety of sources.
  • Spirit of a change agent, eagerness to tackle challenging and complex problems with innovative solutions, and experience working in fast-paced environments.
  • A faithful commitment to social justice with an understanding of how these issues are reflected in the global and U.S. contexts, including the experience of communities facing hunger and poverty.
  • Empowering leadership style with an ability to mentor, develop, and delegate. A successful track record of motivating and retaining a high-performing and diverse team, while ensuring accountability.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


An undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from an accredited college or university is preferred. An advanced degree in theology is a plus. In special circumstances, the Board of Directors will consider other training or experience in lieu of a graduate degree.

To apply, please submit electronic materials, including current resume and cover letter, directly to


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