- Michael Hill
- Senior Writer
- Tom Price
- Senior Communications Manager
- Title: Executive Vice President, Strategy and Organizational Development
- Areas of Expertise: Catholic Relief Services programs overseas, strategy, emergency response
- Languages Spoken: English, French, Spanish
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As Catholic Relief Services' executive vice president for strategy and organizational development, Annemarie Reilly is responsible for three main functions: leading the agency's strategy development, implementation and measurement across all operations and support divisions; leading the agency's organizational development efforts to advance operational excellence; and, providing oversight for the Office of Legal Counsel and agency Risk Management systems.
Ms. Reilly joined CRS in 1992 in El Salvador, primarily working in the health sector. She advanced to senior management positions in Haiti, Burundi and Liberia, managing challenging programs in complex emergency environments.
She returned to CRS headquarters to use this experience as the agency's first emergency response advisor. In this position, Ms. Reilly was instrumental in the creation of CRS' worldwide emergency response team (ERT) in 1999. Subsequently, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya to take on the role of first team leader of the ERT. Under her leadership, the team responded to a variety of high-profile natural and man-made crises, providing strategic planning and technical expertise to CRS country programs to respond to humanitarian needs. In addition to short-term assistance in the midst of disaster responses, the ERT provided leadership in development of agency program quality standards and training to build the agency's overall emergency preparedness and response capacity.
After three years of service as regional director for Southern Africa, Ms. Reilly once again returned to CRS headquarters to work as director of overseas operations strategy during which she led development of an agency-wide, five-year strategic plan in the area of emergency preparedness and response. She served as chief of staff to the president through 2009, which included responsibilities for guiding agency strategy implementation, organizational learning and staff safety and security. This was followed by three years as vice president for overseas operations during which time Ms. Reilly oversaw three headquarters-based departments that provide emergency operations, program quality and management quality support for CRS country programs around the world.
Ms. Reilly holds a B.A. in government and French from the University of Notre Dame and a master's in international affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, with specializations in economic and political development and Latin American studies.