Published March 22, 2016

Whiteman Lecture

Middleton, Director of Alliance to End Hunger, to speak on April 12
  • Rebecca Middleton, managing director of the Alliance to End Hunger, will deliver Monmouth College’s annual Wendell Whiteman Memorial Lecture on April 12 at 11 a.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
Rebecca Middleton, managing director of the Alliance to End Hunger, will deliver Monmouth College’s annual Wendell Whiteman Memorial Lecture on April 12 at 11 a.m. in the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.

Titled “The Power of the Collective: Finding the ‘and’ for Sustainable Hunger Solutions,” her lecture is free and open to the public.

Middleton joined the Alliance to End Hunger as chief operating officer in 2013. As managing director, she develops organizational strategy and leads overall operations for the Alliance as it continues its mission of engaging diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. Additionally, she oversees the Alliance’s advocacy activities, as well as its domestic and international initiatives.

Monmouth president Clarence Wyatt met Middleton through Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), an international academic coalition to fight hunger and malnutrition of which the college was a founding member.

“When I met Rebecca at the signing ceremony launching the PUSH initiative, I was immediately impressed with her knowledge of and commitment to the cause of dealing with issues of hunger and food security,” said Wyatt. “She has become a great fan of our work in Global Food Security at Monmouth College. She is a dynamic young leader who will bring an inspirational message to our community. She is also a great role model – especially for young women – for those interested in public policy and non-profit work.”

Middleton joined the Alliance after more than 15 years of legislative and lobbying experience. She worked for Congressman Frank Wolf (R-Va., Ret.) from 1997 to 2002 as a senior legislative assistant. She also assisted in running Rep. Wolf’s campaign as campaign director (1998) and campaign manager (2000). Between 2002 and 2013, Middleton worked at the public affairs firm Cassidy & Associates, where she managed lobbying portfolios for a variety of clients and sectors, from Fortune 500 companies to organizations in education, healthcare and defense.

After experiencing the legislative and lobbying fields firsthand, Middleton decided to take her advocacy and management expertise and apply it to the mission of eradicating hunger – an issue for which she had developed a passion throughout her personal and professional life. She met with Ambassador Tony Hall, the long-time anti-hunger advocate and former colleague of Rep. Wolf, and discovered the perfect fit through the mission of the Alliance to End Hunger.

In addition to her work at the Alliance, Middleton serves on the Advisory Committee of the Community for Zero Hunger and as a co-chair of the Vote to End Hunger coalition.

She earned her B.A. at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va., with a double major in political science and English. Middleton lives with her husband and two children in Arlington, Va.

The Whiteman Lecture Series annually brings prominent leaders of American business and industry to the Monmouth College campus. It is named in memory of Wendell Whiteman, an alumnus of the college and long-time executive of Security Savings Bank in Monmouth.
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