Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for this year's conference is Nell Bolton, Senior Technical Advisor for Justice and Peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services.

Ms. Bolton will join us to deliver the keynote address on Friday evening. We look forward to hosting her and learning from her valuable experience with peacebuilding around the world!

Nell Bolton

Nell Bolton

Senior Technical Advisor for Justice and Peacebuilding, Catholic Relief Services

Nell Bolton serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Justice and Peacebuilding at Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international Catholic relief and development agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prior to this, beginning in 2001, she supported CRS’s peacebuilding and governance programming in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, as well as working and consulting in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ms. Bolton has worked on social cohesion and the promotion of equitable democratic governance with a number of prominent organizations, including The Carter Center, the Ulster Project, and Habitat for Humanity, as well as many others. Following a return to her native New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, she led a variety of advocacy initiatives and headed Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana. She holds Master's degrees from both the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where her thesis focused on the intersection of religion, gender, and peacebuilding.