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Eric Mitchell


Eric Mitchell has been a champion of anti-hunger and poverty programs for almost a decade. As Government Relations Director at Bread for the World, Eric serves as the Organization’s “chief lobbyist” on Capitol Hill, and has been a leading voice to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world.  Over the last two years, Eric has been successfully fighting drastic cuts to domestic nutrition programs, like SNAP and WIC, while also working with over 50 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim groups to protect international foreign assistance programs in some of the world’s poorest countries. Because of these efforts, Eric has been listed in The Hill Newspaper, as one of “The Hill: Top Lobbyists” for 2012-2015, and was recognized in 2014 by TheRoot.com as one of the 100 most important black influencers between the ages of 25 and 45.

Prior to joining Bread for the World, Eric was the youngest and the first African-American Vice President of Government Relations at Russ Reid, one of the nation's largest marketing and communications firms serving nonprofit organizations. At Russ Reid, Eric represented over 20 gospel rescue missions, as well as child abuse prevention organizations, colleges, and medical centers.  As an expert in the federal budget process, Eric successfully secured funding for priorities ranging from heart disease research to after- school programs in urban school districts.

Eric began his political career on Capitol Hill, serving as Policy Advisor to civil rights icon, U.S. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), and Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA). 

Eric currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Congressional Hunger Center and the Coalition for Human Needs. A native of Tampa, Florida, Eric is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC.  He currently resides in Maryland with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.