Chris Shirley

  • Director, Latin American Programs and Business Development

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Chris Shirley is a seasoned international educator who has a dual role at CIED.  He is responsible for leading the Youth Ambassadors program and for bringing new projects and partners to the Center.  His leadership in project design and management has allowed the Center to create and implement a diverse portfolio of academic trainings and exchanges.   His communication and proposal development skills have allowed the Center to expand its network of partners and win proposal competitions.

Chris is passionate about international education.  He joined CIED in 1990 as a Coordinator working with Latin American programs.  Upon completing his graduate degree, he became a Program Director within CIED’s Latin American portfolio. He also led the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders program and CIED’s Gateway to Georgetown. Returning now to focus his work on Latin America and continue with proposal writing and program development, for the last decade his areas of focus have been exchange programs with the Arab world, short-term executive education and program assessment.

Chris is originally from Orono, Maine and his interest in international education began early.  He completed an AFS gap year in Quito, Ecuador and summer language training in Trier, Germany while at Georgetown.  He holds a B.S. Degree in Linguistics and an MBA from Georgetown University.  He has a certificate from the Academy for International Education (NAFSA) and is a Certified Research Administrator (CRA).

Related Programs

Gateway to Georgetown Programs

Gateway to Georgetown programs are tailored academic training and exchanges for participants from around the world. These programs bring groups of business executives, government officials, and students to Georgetown University for intensive academic instruction, professional networking, and cultural exposure to the United States.

Sports Diplomacy

Sports Diplomacy Programs

CIED’s Sports Diplomacy programs are international people-to-people exchanges that build mutual understanding and cooperation through sports. Programs bring together those interested in sports, recreation, and leadership to promote tolerance, cooperation, and life skills using the platform of sports teamwork.

Central American Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors

Youth Ambassadors is a student exchange program designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States, and build bonds of friendship and understanding between people of the Americas.

Central American Youth Ambassadors

The CAYA Program is a U.S. Department of State youth exchange designed to strengthen the leadership skills of young people from Central America and the United States. This multi-national exchange also builds bonds of friendship and understanding between people of Central America and people of the United States.