Together at the Table: Keynote Speakers
2022 Together at the Table: Hunger and Poverty Summit
(Keynote times will be shared closer to the date of summit.)
Stacy Dean -- Carole Hanks Lecture
Stacy Dean was appointed by President Biden to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services where she works to advance the President’s agenda on increasing nutrition assistance for struggling families and individuals as well as tackling systemic racism and barriers that have denied many the opportunity to be food secure.
Prior to joining President Biden’s Team at USDA, Dean served as the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). She directed CBPP’s food assistance team, which published frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities, and developed policies to improve them. In addition to her work on federal nutrition programs, Dean directed CBPP efforts to integrate the delivery of health and human services programs at the state and local levels.
Dean earned degrees in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.
The Reverend Eugene Cho is President and CEO of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice of individuals, churches, non-profits, and other partners who urge U.S. decision makers to end hunger in the States and around the world by changing the policies and programs that allow hunger to persist. Cho’s passions involve leadership, justice, the intersection of faith and public life, and the pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Before coming to Bread for the World in 2020, Cho founded and served as senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington, for 18 years. Cho is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages, a collaborative movement that promotes awareness, invites simple giving (one day’s wages), and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with small organizations in developing regions.
Cho has written two books: Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics and Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? Eugene and Minhee have been married for nearly 25 years and have three children. Together, they live in Seattle, Washington.
Maura Barry serves as the Senior Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS) and as interim USAID Global Water Coordinator. In the latter role, she oversees USAID’s responsibilities under the U.S. Global Water Strategy. Berry also oversees the bureau’s strategy, program, budget, and administrative functions, which support implementation of both the Water for the World and Feed the Future initiatives. Prior to joining RFS, she served as the Deputy of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. Before returning to D.C., she served for a year as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica.
As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, she has held various leadership positions throughout USAID. She holds an MPA in Public and Non-profit Management from NYU and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya.
Dr. Edgar Miguel López Alvarez
Dr. Edgar Miguel López Alvarez serves as Dean of the Health Sciences Department at Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) in Vista Hermosa, Guatemala. An internationally recognized physician with more than 30 years of experience in critical care and internal medicine, Dr. López was appointed Senior Physician of Guatemala City by the Municipality of Guatemala in 2020. As a scholar, physician, and public health expert, Dr. López understands the profound consequences of food insecurity and malnutrition in Guatemala and has been a pioneer in addressing these issues through public-private partnerships, research, evaluation, and the implementation of multisectoral strategies.
Licenciado Gabriel Andrés Azurdia
Licenciado Gabriel Andrés Azurdia serves as Manager of International Partnerships and Assistant to the Dean of Health Sciences at Universidad Rafael Landivar (URL) in Vista Hermosa, Guatemala. Lcdo. Azurdia teaches courses in ethics and human development at the university and serves on the Editorial Committee of Revista Arrupe, the Department of Health Sciences’ academic journal, where he has published several pieces of work. Lcdo. Azurdia works closely with Dr. Edgar Miguel López to implement and oversee collaborative projects and evaluation efforts across university, municipal, national, and international levels.
Jon Rolph, a member of BCHP’s Board of Advocates, is President and CEO of Thrive Restaurant Group, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, which owns and operates numerous restaurants located in 12 states across the Midwest and Virginia. After graduating from Baylor University Jon worked for the National Student Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. He returned to Kansas to work in the family-owned businesses started by his father and uncle, David and Darrel. Rolph has held several key positions in the company, including restaurant-level operations, VPof Administration and Marketing, and COO of Carlos O’Kelly’s; eventually succeeding his father as President of Thrive Restaurant Group.
Rolph has served on the boards of several local and national organizations, including the Wichita Children’s Home, YMCA, and United Way of the Plains. His current board memberships and affiliations include Board of Directors of INTRUST Bank, Greater Wichita Partnership Co-Chair, and Applebee’s Franchise Business Council Chairman. Rolph also serves as Vice-Chair on the Kansas Board of Regents.
Jon and his wife, Lauren, have been married for 15 years and have six children.
Jim Snee is Chairman of the Board and 10th President and CEO of Hormel Foods.
During his tenure as CEO, he has led the company’s continuing evolution as a global branded food company and its growing reputation as an award-winning corporate citizen by focusing on the food the company produces and the difference it makes in the world. Under Snee’s leadership, Hormel has been recognized for its employment excellence and corporate responsibility by Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek, and other publications. In 2021, Snee received an honorable mention as one of the Most Responsible CEOs by PR Week Magazine.
Jim is active in numerous industry and nonprofit boards and organizations. He earned a BA in marketing from New Mexico State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas. He has also participated in Harvard’s executive leadership and management programs.