Keynote Speakers


Frank Wolf

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Frank Wolf has been widely recognized as the "conscience" of the Congress. He left the House of Representatives in December 2013 at the end of his 17th term to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom.

Wolf authored legislation to create a National Hunger Commission to find ways to alleviate hunger in the United States.

In January 2015, Wolf was appointed the first-ever Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University and also joined the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly created religious freedom group, as Distinguished Senior Fellow.

He is the author of the International Religious Freedom Act, which infused religious freedom into U.S. foreign policy by creating the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department headed by an Ambassador-at-Large. It also established the bipartisan, independent U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom as both a watchdog of repressive regimes and a truth-teller to our own State Department.

Wolf also founded and served as co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan organization made up of nearly 200 Members of Congress who work together to raise awareness about international human rights issues.

Wolf has been honored by a number of organizations for his work on human rights and religious persecution, and received the Presidential Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. He also received the 2014 Democracy Service Medal from the National Endowment for Democracy and the Leadership Award from Freedom House.

Wolf received his B.A. degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Carolyn. They have five adult children and 16 grandchildren.

Tony Hall

Tony Hall

Three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Ambassador Tony P. Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and improving human rights in the world. Ambassador Hall serves as Executive Director Emeritus of the Alliance to End Hunger. As such, Ambassador Hall acts as an emissary at meetings with leading policymakers and international officials, builds relationships with Alliance members, and speaks on issues of food security at conferences around the country. Ambassador Hall meets regularly with Members of Congress to encourage them to become more actively engaged on hunger issues - especially by taking leadership for a Hunger Free Community program in their own district or state. Ambassador Hall also leads the Alliance’s engagement with the global Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition through the National Alliance Partnership Program.

Ambassador Hall served as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, Italy, from 2002 to 2005. Prior to his diplomatic service, Ambassador Hall represented the Third District of Ohio (Dayton) in the U.S. Congress for twenty-four years, their longest serving representative in history. During his tenure, he authored legislation that supported food aid, child survival, basic education, primary health care, micro-enterprise, and development assistance in the world's poorest countries. A founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger, Hall served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. In response to the abolishment of the Hunger Committee in April 1993, he fasted for 22 days to draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world. Ambassador Hall founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Ambassador Hall and his wife Janet live in Arlington, Virginia, where they raised two children.

Mariana Chilton

Mariana Chilton

Mariana Chilton is an Associate Professor at Drexel University School of Public Health. She is the Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and is Co-Principal investigator of Children's HealthWatch, a national research network that investigates the impact of public assistance programs on the health and wellbeing of young children and their caregivers. Dr. Chilton founded Witnesses to Hunger, a participatory action study to increase women’s participation in the national dialogue on hunger and poverty. She is Principal Investigator of the Building Wealth and Health Network, which is designed to incentivize entrepreneurship and self-sufficiency in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Dr. Chilton received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma, and Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. She has testified before the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on the importance of child nutrition programs and other anti-poverty policies. She has served as an advisor to Sesame Street and to the Institute of Medicine. Her awards include the "Nourish Award" from MANNA, the "Unsung Hero Award" for Improving the Lives of Women and Girls from Women’s Way and the Young Professional Award in Maternal and Child Health from the American Public Health Association. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, public radio and CBS National News.

Jeremy Everett

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Jeremy Everett is the founding Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) which is a capacity building project within Baylor University and a partner of the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, and a number of other national and state based anti-hunger and poverty organizations that seeks to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy analysis, education, and community organizing. THI organizes coalitions across the state to ensure access to healthy food for all Texans. Presently THI has coalitions representing 63% of the population of Texas with 12 regional offices and approximately 100 staff resourcing Texas communities which have resulted in millions of additional meals being served to Texas children since its beginning in 2009.

Prior to THI, Everett worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, and organic farmer. Everett earned a bachelor’s degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. He is a Next Generation Fellow of the University of Texas LBJ School’s Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Billy Shore

Billy Shore

Billy Shore has been a leader in the fight against hunger and poverty for more than thirty years. In 1984, as a young political operative in DC, he founded Share Our Strength with his sister Debbie and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength has grown into a top not-for-profit enterprise, working to end childhood hunger in the U.S. through its No Kid Hungry campaign. Share Our Strength has raised and invested more than $528 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment. Together with these partners, Share Our Strength has made genuine, wide-scale social change in the quest to eradicate childhood hunger in America.

Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Partners, a Share Our Strength organization that helps change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist. He has authored multiple books on social change that underscore the power within us all to create a stronger, healthier world. In 2014, Shore was appointed by Congress to the National Commission on Hunger, a group tasked with finding innovative ways to end hunger in America.