Chance Briggs, 97 MPA
World Vision International Career Talk
Chance Briggs currently serves as national director for World Vision International’s operations in Mali. In this role, he manages a large development program focused on food security, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, agricultural production and marketing, and disaster preparedness and response.
As a relief and development worker, Chance has served for 20 years in the US, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Mozambique. He has been a program manager, head of office, assistant director, emergency coordinator, project director, relief director, program director, country representative, and country director. He served as a country representative for CRS in Nigeria and Albania and was a program director with World Vision International’s operations in Pakistan and Mozambique. As a teacher, Chance lived and worked in Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, and in the USA. For several years he led a program to send volunteer teachers to developing countries.
He holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as well as a Master’s of Education from Harvard University. Chance also serves on the board of directors of Ethical Expeditions, an American NGO that is engaged in rainforest conservation in Indonesia.
Briggs was born and raised in Cortland, NY. He originally came to Maxwell in order to redirect his career towards US-based community development; however, through a Maxwell contact, he had the opportunity to go to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a volunteer election supervisor right after graduation—and those two weeks changed his life. He returned to Bosnia-Herzegovina two months later with his suitcases and a determination to find work. Chance speaks English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish and gets by in Croatian, Mandarin Chinese, and Wolof, which he learned when he spent one year at the University of Dakar, Senegal, studying African Civilization & Literature. In his spare time, Chance likes to rock climb, ride his mountain bike, and spend time with his family. Chance is married to Renata Jagustovic-Briggs, who is from Zagreb, Croatia, and they are the proud parents of Maxwell Briggs, a 5-year-old boy who was born in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Room 204 Maxwell Hall