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John Briggs serves as the head of programming at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Guatemala. Briggs was born in the United States but moved to Guatemala with his activist parents as a child. He interned with CRS during his graduate studies in the U.S. and then joined the organization as an employee after graduation in 2009. He started working for CRS Guatemala in 2012 and has been interested in international development work. He is currently working in agricultural livelihoods, food security, education, and disaster risk reduction and response with the poorest and most vulnerable in Guatemalan communities. Prior to his work in Guatemala, Briggs also worked for CRS in Honduras, Uganda, and Afghanistan. John holds a master's degree in Political, Social, and Economic Development from Fordham University.