Maxwell Alum Chance Briggs ’97 spoke with current students about his time at Maxwell and his career since graduation. Many MPA and IR students attended to hear about his experiences in the field of international development.
Chance Briggs currently serves as national director for World Vision International’s operations in Mali. In this role, he manages a large development program focused on food security, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, agricultural production and marketing, and disaster preparedness and response. As a relief and development worker, Chance has served for 20 years in the US, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Mozambique. He has been a program manager, head of office, emergency coordinator, relief director, and country representative. As a teacher, Chance lived and worked in Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, and in the USA. For several years he led a program to send volunteer teachers to developing countries. Briggs holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and was born and raised in Cortland, NY. He originally came to Maxwell in order to redirect his career towards US-based community development; however, through a Maxwell contact, he had the opportunity to go to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a volunteer election supervisor right after graduation—and those two weeks changed his life. He returned to Bosnia-Herzegovina two months later with his suitcases and a determination to find work.