John Sanbrailo, 1943-2019
We mourn the loss of John Sanbrailo, former Executive Director of the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF), who passed away peacefully in his home in Vienna, VA on Saturday, April 20. John dedicated 18 years of his long career in international development leading the efforts of PADF in Latin America and the Caribbean. His appointment in 1999 as PADF Chief Executive Officer coincided with the establishment of the Inter-American Committee on Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR) by the OAS General Assembly, as the principal forum at the OAS for matters relating to natural disasters and for the purpose of providing the Permanent Council with strategic thinking, paying special attention to policies and programs designed to reduce the vulnerability of Member States. John never missed a meeting of the Inter-American Committee and never stopped advocating for the role of the General Secretariat of the OAS in facilitating the international response that Member States provide in solidarity to one another. He will be missed.
The Disasters This Week Editor
"John, you will remain in our memory"