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Chris West

Director of Partnership, Training and Engagement

Chris West has worked at Catholic Relief Services for more than twelve years. He currently directs the Partnership, Training, and Engagement Unit. Chris has over 20 years of experience in leadership development, training, and helping Catholics engage successfully in Social Mission. He holds a BA in Human Services from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Masters Degree in Political Communication from the Johns Hopkins University.

Fun Facts: Chris loves doing crazy things outside, from rock climbing to SCUBA diving, to parachuting, and caving. He is an assistant Scout Leader and is often out camping on weekends.


  • Directs the team that oversees National Partnership work, Capacity Building, outreach to specific audiences (clergy, youth, education, diocesan)
  • Trainer and facilitator
  • Manages the Capacity Building Initiative for US Dioceses.