President's Global Development Council

John Norris

John Norris is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress. He has served in a number of senior roles in government, international institutions, and nonprofits. John previously served as the Executive Director of the Enough Project and was the chief of political affairs for the United Nations Mission in Nepal. Previously, John served as the Washington chief of staff for the International Crisis Group, and as the director of communications for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. He also worked as a speechwriter and field disaster expert at the U.S. Agency for International Development. John is the author of several books, including an upcoming biography of the late journalist Mary McGrory and the Disaster Gypsies, a memoir of his work in the field of emergency relief. John has published commentary in scores of outlets including the Washington Post and The Atlantic, and is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy. He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Vermont, and a B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University.