After graduating from Notre Dame, Chris Siegler was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone from 1967-1969, working on agriculture and construction projects. Returning to the States, he worked for AT&T for four years before going to the Rosebud Indian Reservation, in South Dakota, and working on Reservation health issues with an Indian controlled non-profit. After getting an MPA at UM in 1979, Chris spent the next 28 years in healthcare consulting and hospital administration. From 1998-2014, I was a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo.
In 2004, Chris’s wife (also a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone) went back to Sierra Leone to see if there were opportunities to help the country recover from 12 years of civil conflict. They helped develop a Partnership between the Missoula YMCA and the YMCA of Sierra Leone which focused on youth empowerment and vocational training; Chris became a Member of the Board of Directors of Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker organization that makes micro finance grants to women’s organizations in Sierra Leone, Kenya and India; and Chris became a Board member of Village Hope, Inc., a US-based 501(C) 3 organization, which is attempting to develop a sustainable commercial agri-business growing cassava and processing the tubers into gari for retail sale in Sierra Leone.