John Carr is the Director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University which seeks to share Catholic Social Thought more broadly and deeply and reach out to a new generation of leaders to help them become “salt, light and leaven” in public life. Carr served as the Washington correspondent of America and wrote the Washington Front column for the magazine. In 2012, he was a Residential Fellow on religion and politics at the Institute of Politics of Harvard University.
John served for over 20 years as Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), assisting the bishops in sharing Catholic social teaching and directing their public policy and advocacy efforts on major domestic and international issues. Carr represented the Bishops’ Conference before Congress, at the Vatican, across the U.S. and around the world. He assisted the bishops on a wide range of statements, including Faithful Citizenship, Communities of Salt and Light and documents on economic justice, health care, environment and climate change, criminal justice and the death penalty, religious liberty and war and peace (see Washington Post and Sojourners).
Carr frequently appears in the media, addressing Pope Francis’ leadership, links between faith and public life and issues of poverty, environment, human life and dignity and international affairs. He has appeared on the PBS NewsHour, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Atlantic, Politico and USA Today.
Carr has been a leader at the intersection of faith and public life in Washington for more than two decades. He founded the Circle of Protection, a religious advocacy coalition defending the poor and vulnerable, and he was a founding board member of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment. He currently chairs the board of Bread for the World and serves on the board the Law School of the University of St. Thomas. In addition, Carr also served as Executive Director of the White House Conference on Families for President Carter and as Director of the National Committee for Full Employment led by Coretta Scott King.