Mike Beard serves as the Executive Director, United Nations Foundation Advocacy and Global Health. As Executive Director, Mike facilitates the Better World Campaign’s overall portfolio, which includes grassroots advocacy, coalition-building and legislative outreach. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike worked for five years under Congresswoman Jackie Speier and the late Congressman Tom Lantos. As senior legislative assistant to Congresswoman Speier, he managed a diverse portfolio including foreign affairs, and work on the Financial Services and Oversight and Government Reform committees. During his career, Mike has worked with both the personal and Foreign Affairs Committee staffs in the office of Congressman Tom Lantos. Beard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego. He began his career in Washington as an intern in the office of Congressman Bob Filner.