Peace Corps Panama Friends;
Brian Riley, Country Director, Panama

Brian Riley is the Peace Corps Director in Panama. 

Biran Riles, Peace Corps Director in PanamaBrian was born in Kansas City, Kansas on April 29, 1960. He was raised in the Houston, Texas area, where his father, Jack Riley, worked for NASA as the voice of Apollo for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.

Brian received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas and later completed a Master of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

After temporary stints with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington State and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico, Brian served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Forestry and Natural Resources) in Ecuador from 1985 1989. He then worked as a consultant in Ecuador, including numerous technical trainer jobs for Peace Corps. In 1994, he moved to Bolivia to become the Technical Training Coordinator for Peace Corps/Bolivia. From there, he went on to serve as Training Director for PC/Nicaragua, Program and Training Officer for PC/Bolivia and Country Director for PC/Samoa.

In 2003, Brian became the Executive Director of the San Isabel Land Protection Trust in Colorado, where he worked to permanently protect threatened forests, agricultural land and wildlife habitat in the Rocky Mountains.

Brian is returning to Peace Corps as the Country Director for Panama.

He is married to Margarita, also an RPCV (Ecuador). They have 3 sons, Daniel 16 (born in Quito, Ecuador), Thomas 14 (born in Cochabamba, Bolivia), and Diego 11 (born in Texas, while posted in La Paz, Bolivia). The whole family is thrilled to be returning to Central America and is particularly happy to be moving to Panama.

Brian enjoys playing guitar, hiking, mountain and ocean sports and watching his 3 boys play soccer.
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