Joe Eldridge has spent more than 25 years working in the public policy arena as an advocate and analyst on international human rights and humanitarian issues. In 1991 he established the Washington Office of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights; during the mid-1980s he worked in Honduras consulting on human rights and development issues; and after a three-year sojourn in Chile in the early 1970s he co-founded the Washington Office on Latin America and served as its first director. He has a master’s degree in international relations from American University, a master of divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and a doctor of ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is married to Maria Otero, former vice chair of the USIP board. They have three children.