Dr. Jonathan Reyes

Executive Director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Jonathan Reyes has been an outstanding and dynamic leader in the field of Catholic social teaching and charitable programs.

Dr. Reyes succeeded distinguished social justice advocate John Carr as executive director of the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he has served in this role since 2012.

 He came to the role from his work as President and CEO of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Denver.  Serving as Director of Social Ministry for the Denver Archdiocese simultaneously with his Catholic Charities position, Dr. Reyes oversaw an organization serving 45,000 persons annually, including five homeless shelters, six child care centers and 22 affordable housing properties, among dozens of other charitable programs.

 Dr. Reyes also founded Christ in the City, a national volunteer and formation program for college students. The program now serves as a major internship destination for social work majors at the University of Mary, and the University accredits the intellectual formation in social justice and human development offered to program volunteers.  He also oversaw the creation of Regina Caeli Catholic Counseling Services and Lighthouse Women's Care Center and led the construction of the Guadalupe Community Assistance Center in Greeley, Colorado.

In 2005, Dr. Reyes also helped found the Augustine Institute of Denver, a graduate program devoted to Catholic Theological studies and leadership training and served as its first president.

Dr. Reyes came to his work in charity and social justice ministries after a distinguished career as a history professor and academic administrator in higher education.

Dr. Reyes was a member of the University of Mary’s planning for Vision 2030, serving as an advisor for the Academic Excellence Committee.

He studied European history as a Rackham Fellow at the University of Michigan, earning a PhD in European History at the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife have seven children.