Chief Operating Officer
Sean Callahan is the Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Relief Services - USCCB, overseeing the Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations and Human Resources divisions, and ensuring fidelity to CRS' mission to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. His role is to enhance performance, stimulate innovation and position the agency for the future.
Mr. Callahan was Executive Vice President for Overseas Operations from June 2004 to September 2012. In this role, he provided oversight for a program and management portfolio which grew to more than $700 million, served people in 100 countries, and engaged a team of more than 5,000 staff.
As Regional Director for South Asia from January 1998 to May 2004, Mr. Callahan strengthened CRS' programming and partnerships in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, and he was blessed to work closely with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, represent CRS at the Asian Bishops Synodin 1998, and lead the regional response to floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones and man-made emergencies. He also experienced a terrorist attack by the Tamil Tigers at the Sri Lankan airport, and he championed programming in Afghanistan during and after the Taliban.
Immediately prior to his assignment to South Asia, he served as the Director of Human Resources for CRS at its world headquarters in Baltimore, and he previously served as the Director of the CRS Nicaragua Program and worked in Central America and headquarters in varying capacities.
Mr. Callahan holds a B.A. in Spanish from Tufts University, Magna Cum Laude, and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is married to Piyali Callahan, and they have two children - Sahana and Ryan.