About Bryan Schaaf
Bryan Schaaf has worked in the field of humanitarian assistance for over eleven years, focusing primarily on health as well as monitoring and evaluation. He also has a long history of domestic and international service. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Bryan Schaaf worked night shifts at a crisis hotline and eventually became a volunteer trainer. He later became a survivor advocate and volunteer trainer as well, helping survivors with psychosocial support, referrals, and assistance navigating the legal system.
After completing his undergraduate degree, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Haiti. Bryan Schaaf lived and worked in a province of 50,000 which had no formally trained health care workers. This experience sparked a strong interest in public health. Working with community groups, the Haitian Ministry of Health, and two international NGOs, a clinic was rehabilitated, treatment programs for HIV/AIDS and TB were established, and an ambulance service were put in place. He also taught English and computer literacy in the community and he trained visiting groups of health care providers on culturally competent care.
Upon completing his service in the Peace Corps, Bryan Schaaf pursued a master’s in public health (MPH) from George Washington University. He co-organized inter-disciplinary medical and public health missions to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. At the same time, he served as the co-chair of the American Red Cross hosted Measles Initiative for the National Capital Area. As Co-Chair, Bryan Schaaf mobilized volunteers for fundraising and awareness regarding the importance of measles vaccination.
Bryan Schaaf went on to become a Rotarian and has just completed his term as President of the Dupont Circle Rotary Club. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self” – being a Rotarian has provided many opportunities to volunteer in Washington DC and the surrounding areas and to get involved with other communities around the world. He also has a blog on development issues in Haiti called Haiti Innovation.
Rotary and Philanthropy
There is a tremendous amount of human suffering in the world. Both individually and collectively, we have the ability to make the world a fairer place through service. One of my favorite ways to serve has been by being a Rotarian – but there are many, many different ways to serve. The purpose of this blog is to discuss how best to serve our own communities and others around the world. Your ideas are welcome!