Mr. Briggs joined CRS in 2009 and has served for over a decade in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Since joining the organization as an intern in Honduras, John has held several positions with CRS, including International Development Fellow, Program Manager, Head of Office, and Head of Programs in Uganda, Afghanistan and Guatemala. In his current role as Head of Programs, John is responsible for the management and growth of the CRS Guatemala country program with a diverse portfolio of projects and an annual budget of approximately $20 million. He leads a team of over 100 staff working in sustainable agriculture, nutrition, emergency response, education, youth development, and migration. John guides the strategic direction of the country program to ensure sustained and integral human development.
John grew up and graduated from high school in Guatemala and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Prior to joining CRS, he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. John graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Arts degree in International Political and Economic Development in December 2008. John and his wife Eliza have three children: Eliana, Ari and Maia.