Elect Bread for the World's Board of Directors

Vote in Bread for the World’s Board of Directors election! One-third of our board members are elected each year, representing a range of geographical regions, denominations, and areas of expertise. Email Jamie Thomas with questions.

September 17, 2018 is the last day to vote in this year's election.

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Spencer Bachus. Birmingham, Alabama.

Spencer Bachus

Representative Spencer Bachus is a former U.S. Representative from Alabama (Republican). He is the former chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over U.S. participation in the World Bank and regional development banks. He was a lead advocate of historic bipartisan debt relief legislation approved by Congress in conjunction with Jubilee 2000, leading to substantial improvements in health and education and reduced world hunger. Bachus was named Friend of the Taxpayer by Americans for Tax Reform and Friend of the Family by the Christian Coalition. He has served as a member of the Congressional Advisory Committee, Faith and Politics Institute, and honorary co-chair of the Bread Rising Committee. Bachus is a current member of Bread for the World’s board of directors. He is Southern Baptist.


Doug Beacham. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Bishop Doug Beacham

Bishop Doug Beacham is general superintendent of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. He previously served as a professor and chair of the board of trustees at Emmanuel College and as a chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves. Beacham serves on the board of Christian Churches Together and is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals, Empowered21, Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America, Pentecostal World Fellowship, and the Second Billion Soul Campaign. He holds an Associate of Arts from Emmanuel College; a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia; and a Master of Divinity, a Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary. Beacham is Pentecostal.


Kara Bobroff. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Kara Bobroff

Kara Bobroff is founder and executive director of Native American Community Academy (NACA), a tuition-free public charter school that includes students from more than 37 different tribes. NACA works to integrate culture, wellness, language, community, family, and preparation for college into each child’s education. She was recognized in 2009 by President Obama as one of 100 top social innovators in the nation; has been invited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to help write the 20-year plan for Indian Education; and has presented the NACA model to local, regional, and national audiences. Bobroff served on the White House Faith-Based Advisory Council. She holds a Master’s in Special Education and an Ed.S. in Educational Administration as a Danforth Scholar from the University of New Mexico.


Beth Bostrom. Tampa, Florida.

Beth Bostrom

Rev. Beth Bostrom is director of spiritual formation and chaplain at Metropolitan Ministries, which addresses homelessness through prevention services and self-sufficiency shelter programs. Bostrom is a current member of Bread for the World’s board of directors and chairs its Governance Committee. She is a former Bread for the World Hunger Justice Leader and a local Bread Team member. Bostrom’s previous ministry experience includes serving as pastor of Roseland United Methodist Church, as campus minister at the University of Miami, in pediatric chaplaincy in Atlanta, and in case management with persons experiencing homelessness in Tallahassee. She holds a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and is an ordained minister in the United Methodi
John Carr. Cheverly, Maryland.

John Carr

John Carr is the current chair of Bread for the World’s board of directors. He is the founder and director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. Carr is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Circle of Protection. He previously served two decades as executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a Washington correspondent for America magazine, and as a fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics. Carr is Roman Catholic.


Chris Coons. Wilmington, Delaware.

Chris Coons

Senator Chris Coons is a U.S. Senator from Delaware (Democrat). He serves on the Senate Appropriations, Foreign Relations, Judiciary, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics committees. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, Coons has focused on building partnerships throughout Africa and ensuring that health programs, food aid, economic development, and security assistance effectively reach those who need it most. Coons is active with the National Prayer Breakfast and serves as co-chair of the Senate Prayer Breakfast. He earned a law degree from Yale Law School and a Master's in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. Coons would be an honorary member of the board. He is Presbyterian.


Robert J. Dole. Washington, D.C.

Bob Dole

Senator Bob Dole is the former majority leader of the U.S. Senate and former Republican candidate for president of the United States. He is currently special counsel at the Washington, D.C., law firm of Alston & Bird. Dole was a long-term member of the Senate Committee on Nutrition. He was chairman of the National World War II Memorial Campaign and chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons. He is an honorary co-chair of the Alliance to End Hunger. Dole is United Methodist.


Jeremy Everett. Baylor, Texas.



Jeremy Everett is the founder and executive director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI), a capacity-building, anti-hunger project within Baylor University. THI partners with the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, and numerous faith- and community-based organizations to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy analysis, education, and community organizing. Everett serves on the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Social and Economic Justice, the Aspen Institute’s dialogue on U.S. Food Security and Healthcare Costs, and was recently appointed by the U.S. Congress to serve on the National Commission on Hunger. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University.

Claire Gholston. Washington, D.C.

Claire Gholston

Claire Gholston is a Bread for the World activist and current member of Bread for the World’s board of directors. She formerly served as community outreach ministry assistant at Lake Avenue Church, where she planned a collaborative interfaith mayoral forum; initiated a ministry to use film documentaries to spur dialogue and advocacy; and connected a network that helps returning citizens find resources, training, and opportunities. Gholston previously served on the worship team and as a small group leader at New City Church in Los Angeles. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural studies with an emphasis on international development and urban studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Gholston is a member of a non-denominational church.


Jeffrey Haggray. Washington, DC.

Jeffrey Haggray

Dr. Jeffrey Haggray is executive director of the American Baptist Churches Home Mission Society (ABHMS) based in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. In that capacity he also serves as CEO of Judson Press and director of Public Witness and Advocacy. ABHMS cultivates faith leaders and develops resources to equip an emerging generation of disciples to bring healing and transformation to congregations, communities, and regions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. ABHMS programs focus on chaplaincy and specialized ministries, intercultural ministries, disaster response, community outreach ministries, refugee resettlement, restorative justice, and advocacy. Haggray previously served as executive director of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and as pastor in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Georgia. Haggray holds a D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a B.A. from The University of Virginia. Haggray is an ordained American Baptist minister.


David Husby. Chicago, Illinois.



David Husby is director of Covenant World Relief, the Evangelical Covenant Church’s humanitarian aid ministry responsible for disaster relief and transformational community development worldwide. The Evangelical Covenant Church is a long-time partner with Bread for the World. In more than 25 years with the Evangelical Covenant Church, Husby has provided leadership in pastoral care, staff development, church organization, strategic planning, and facilitating collaboration among partners in economic development projects. He formerly served as Asia regional coordinator for the Department of World Mission of the Evangelical Covenant Church and as a missionary in Japan. Husby holds a Master’s of Divinity from Regent College. Husby is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.


Carlos L. Malavé. Louisville, Kentucky.

Carlos Malave

Rev. Carlos Malavé is the current Secretary of Bread for the World’s board of directors. He is also executive director of Christian Churches Together in the USA, an ecumenical forum of churches and Christian organizations from all the families of U.S. Christianity. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Circle of Protection. Malavé previously served as assistant stated clerk at the Office of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as pastor in Puerto Rico and Southern California. He holds a Master of Arts in Family Life Education from Loma Linda University and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Malavé is Presbyterian.

Allison Mark. Torrance, California.

Allison Mark

Rev. Allison Mark is senior pastor of Faith United Methodist Church, a historically Japanese American congregation. She previously served as interim pastor at North Hollywood First United Methodist Church; associate pastor at Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles and First United Methodist Church in Pasadena; and as coordinator of the Young Clergy Initiative, a collaborative project of the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church and Claremont School of Theology aimed at increasing the number of young clergy. Mark is a Bread for the World activist and former Hunger Justice Leader. She is an energetic worker for justice and deeply engaging in the world. Mark holds a Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion and is ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church.


William Moore. Raleigh, North Carolina.

William Moore

William Moore is executive director of The Eleanor Crook Foundation, a growing U.S. philanthropy committed to research, capacity building, and advocacy to end global malnutrition. Moore previously served as chief storyteller at the United Nations Millennium Campaign, where he helped coordinate UN country office engagement plans for the Sustainable Development Goals and worked to highlight the human aspect of data and development. He is currently a member of Bread for the World’s board of directors. He also serves on the board of the Alliance to End Hunger and the advisory board for the Center for Innovation and Health at Concern Worldwide. Moore graduated from Columbia University with a degree in American Studies. He is a former Bread for the World intern and attends Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.


Bob Terry. Birmingham, Alabama.

Bob Terry

Dr. Bobby S. Terry served for 23 years as president and editor of The Alabama Baptist. He is a current member of Bread for the World’s board of directors. Terry previously held positions as editor with state and regional Baptist papers, as pastor in Mississippi and Kentucky, and throughout his career in many interim pastorates. Terry has served on the Baptist World Alliance Executive Committee; as president and board member of the Associated Church Press; and in a former term on Bread for the World’s board of directors, as Treasurer. He is a Bread for the World activist. Terry holds a degree from Mississippi College and a Master and Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister. Terry is Southern Baptist.


Sharon Thornberry. The Dalles, Oregon.

Sharon Thornberry

Sharon Thornberry is rural communities liaison at Columbia Gorge Food Bank. She is a long-time Bread for the World activist and is a current member of Bread for the World’s board of directors. Thornberry previously served as community food systems manager at Oregon Food Bank and as president and board member of the Community Food Security Coalition. She served as a member of the Bishop’s Initiative to End Hunger of the Oregon Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church and the Oregon Hunger Task Force. Thornberry is the recipient of the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon 2018 Ecumenical Service Award in recognition of her leadership to eliminate hunger from Oregon’s rural communities. She is United Methodist.

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