Bill O'Keefe

Executive Vice President Mission & Mobilization at Catholic Relief Services, Inc.

Bill O'Keefe

Bill O'Keefe

Executive Vice President Mission & Mobilization at Catholic Relief Services, Inc.

Biography

Bill O'Keefe oversees efforts to ensure that U.S. foreign policy reduces poverty and promotes justice in developing countries where Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works. He and his staff lobby Congress and the administration on a range of issues, including migration, refugees, food security, and all aspects of U.S. foreign aid. Bill also works to involve American Catholics in public campaigns for policy change.

As of January 2019, Bill was named as the new executive vice president for Mission and Mobilization. Bill's new role will see him lead this new division to; strengthen CRS' communion with the US Catholic community and supportive entities, lead strategic issue-based campaigns and advocate for CRS' strategic objectives.

Bill joined CRS in 1987 as a project manager in Tanzania where he chaired the sub-regional task force on HIV and AIDS. He held several positions supporting CRS’ work in Africa before beginning his work in advocacy in 2001. Bill has developed CRS’ positions in the areas of U.S. foreign aid and agricultural trade and ran a two-year campaign to involve Americans in improving U.S. policy toward Africa.

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Executive Vice President Mission & Mobilization at Catholic Relief Services, Inc.
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Master's in Public Policy

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Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university located in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.

Career History
Executive Vice President Mission & Mobilization
1987 - Current

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is the international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Founded in 1943 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the agency provides assistance to 130 million people in more than 110 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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The U.S. Global Leadership Campaign is the advocacy arm of the USGLC. Created in 1995, this 501-c(4) organization brings together more than 400 businesses and non-governmental organizations who share a commitment to advocating for a robust U.S. International Affairs Budget.

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