J. Mark Brinkmoeller

J. Mark Brinkmoeller

As director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, J. Mark Brinkmoeller leads a dynamic team to engage faith-based organizations and communities groups, along with their leadership, to further the mission of USAID. 

Just prior to joining USAID in February 2012, Brinkmoeller served as senior external engagement advisor at ONE. In this position, Brinkmoeller developed high-level strategic partnerships within the faith, business and NGO communities to increase the effectiveness and reach of ONE’s advocacy efforts. He managed relationships with faith-motivated artists and partnerships related to ONE’s Living Proof Project.

Brinkmoeller led the creation of the Malaria Griot (beta) distance learning project in collaboration with Malaria No More and the Masie Center, the Music Builds Tour featuring Third Day, Switchfoot and Jars of Clay and the collaboration with Relevant Media Group on the launch of Reject Apathy. Brinkmoeller led ONE’s Team Canada in the run up to the 2010 G8/G20 meetings.

Brinkmoeller directed the Church Relations Department at Bread for the World which included managing the department team, raising significant financial support and organizing for advocacy and other support from over 30 denominations, para-church organizations and local congregations for poor and hungry people in the U.S. and around the world.  

After a three-year stint on Capitol Hill, Brinkmoeller spent 15 years working for mid-western Catholic dioceses building coalitions and mobilizing diverse constituencies around a broad array of domestic and international issues. Core parts of this work included sponsoring the creation of broad-based community organizations; establishing advocacy and education coalitions, direct lobbying of local, state and federal officials and a solidarity development project in Upper East Region of Ghana. He oversaw the building, operations and programs of a new Catholic Multicultural Center in Madison Wisconsin that serves people from the U.S., Latin America, Africa as well as South Southeast Asia.

On the national scene, Brinkmoeller served on the International & Domestic policy committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the CRS diocesan advisory board. He served on the board ROUNDTABLE, the national association of diocesan social action directors for six years, including three years as chair. He was a founding board member of the Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (now Interfaith Worker Justice). He has written articles for Church Magazine, the Catholic Herald, and the Catholic Mirror as well as a variety of social media outlets. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Last updated: August 19, 2015

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