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Joan Rosenhauer

Executive Vice President, U.S. Operations

Joan’s role

Joan Rosenhauer joined Catholic Relief Services in April 2009. She is responsible for leading the agency’s mission to help Catholics in the United States put their faith into action and answer the Gospel’s call to live as one human family. She leads CRS’ domestic programs and advocacy—faith-based actions that bring the agency’s work with those in need overseas into the lives of Catholics in the United States. She also oversees CRS’ marketing and communications strategy, including all communications, media, web and social media initiatives.

Under her direction are five regional offices located across the country, as well as support staff at headquarters. Working in partnership with dioceses, parishes, colleges, universities and other Catholic organizations, CRS’ U.S. Operations builds relationships and provides concrete opportunities for Catholics in the United States to make a positive difference in the world.

As a member of the CRS executive team, Joan has visited CRS programming in East and Central Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America. Programs in these regions include agriculture and food security, health, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Previous experience

Prior to joining CRS, Joan spent 16 years with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, where she most recently served as associate director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. Prior to that role, she held a variety of positions, including special projects coordinator and outreach coordinator for the Department of Social Development and World Peace. Before joining the USCCB’s Department of Social Development and World Peace, Joan worked for the Archdiocese of Washington and the USCCB's Catholic Campaign for Human Development.


Joan has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in public policy management from the University of Maryland. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dominican College and St. Ambrose University.

More about Joan

Joan hails from Chicago. She is the 2009 recipient of the Harry A. Fagan Award from the Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors. She attends St. Casimir Parish in Baltimore.