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David Beckmann

Dean’s Advisor for Political and Economic Justice, Virginia Theological Seminary

Coordinator, Circle of Protection

President Emeritus, Bread for the World and Alliance to End Hunger

Laureate, World Food Prize

As president of Bread for the World 1991-2020, David led people and churches across the country in successful advocacy with Congress. He was awarded the World Food Prize for his contribution to the world’s progress against hunger. David sees progress against poverty in recent decades as an experience of our loving God and cause for hope.

David is now working in new ways to help move us from the current crisis toward the end of hunger and poverty. He is Dean's Advisor for Political and Economic Justice at Virginia Theological Seminary, teaching and learning about effective ways to connect faith to the politics of poverty. He is also Coordinator of the  Circle of Protection, an advocacy coalition of church bodies and organizations that include 100 million people. After working for many years in a bipartisan way, he is working to elect Democrats in 2022.


David is married, with two children and four grandchildren. 

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