Executive Vice President, Overseas Operations
As the Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations, Schuyler Thorup is responsible for the oversight of programmatic activities in approximately 100 countries, with a budget of more than $700 million and a staff of approximately 5,000. He ensures the fulfillment of the agency's mission while particularly focusing on assistance to the poor and marginalized, respect for human dignity, justice and peace, and partnership with local institutions.
Mr. Thorup was the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2006 until 2012. During this tenure, he oversaw diverse humanitarian and development programs across 17 countries including the agency's emergency response to Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake which claimed more than 300,000 lives.
Mr. Throup began his career with CRS in Angola in 1990, implementing emergency feeding and relief operations in the midst of that country's civil war. During the following years, he managed challenging emergency and humanitarian programs in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho and Peru. Mr. Thorup was appointed CRS Country Representative in Armenia in 1997, serving until 1999, when he returned to the United States to work for the next four years as a Major Gifts Officer in the Southwest Region based in San Diego. In 2003, Mr. Thorup returned to Africa as the agency's Country Representative for Malawi, a post which he held until named Regional Director in 2006.
Prior to joing CRS, Mr. Thorup worked for the Private Sector Division of the U.S. Agency for International Development in Colombo, Sri Lanka and was the Coordinator for the Venture Capital Network of Texas at the Small Business Division of the Texas Department of Commerce in Austin.
Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Mr. Thorup holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Virginia. He earned M.A.s in Public Affairs and Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr. Thorup received a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship and an Inter-American Foundation Fellowship to support Master's level studies in International Relations at the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as community-based field research in the Brazilian Northeast. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Mr. Thorup is married to Cecilia Damonte and they have two children, Natalia and Santiago.