Mike Beard is the Global Health Director for the Better World Campaign and Executive Director of United Nations Foundation Advocacy. In these roles, Mike directs BWC’s global health initiatives and the advocacy portfolio of UNF’s signature campaigns, including Nothing But Nets, Shot@Life, Girl Up, and the Universal Access Project.
Over the past eight years at the Foundation, his portfolio has included malaria and global immunization programs, girl’s empowerment, women and girls’ health issues, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Through these campaigns, the team has seen unprecedented support for United Nations and its activities in Congress and in the Administration.
From funding for the UN through appropriations bills to securing bipartisan support for the passage of the Girls Count Act of 2015, Mike and his team have achieved several major legislative successes.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2009, Mike worked for five years under Congresswoman Jackie Speier and the late Congressman Tom Lantos on both his personal and Foreign Affairs Committee staffs. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.