- Fall 2012
John Carr has served as Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Catholic Bishops’ Conference for more than 20 years. He coordinates the Catholic Bishops’ policy development and advocacy efforts on a wide range of national and global issues, including poverty and economic justice, hunger and health care, and war and peace. He also oversees the Catholic Campaign for Human development, which invests ten million dollars each year in local community anti-poverty groups.
Carr writes and speaks frequently on the moral dimension of public issues and the demands of faith in public life. He has represented the U.S. Bishops’ Conference at the Vatican and in the Middle East, Central America, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and Russia.
For three decades, Carr has been a leader in Catholic social ministry serving at the USCCB and as Secretary of Social Concerns in Washington, DC. He has served as Executive Director of the White House Conference on Families and as Director of the National Committee for Full Employment. He currently serves on the boards of Bread for the World, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, the Catholic Health Association, Catholic Relief Services and the Law School of the University of St. Thomas. Carr has received numerous honors from national organizations and universities, received the Vision Award from Catholic Charities USA and was named a Hunger Hero by Bread for the World.
John Carr is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. John and his wife, Linda, live just outside Washington, DC and have four adult children.