Our People

Rachel Briggs, OBE

Rachel is the Founding Executive Director of Hostage US. In 1996, Rachel’s uncle was kidnapped in Colombia while he was working as an engineer. For seven and a half months, she and her family were thrown into an alien world of fear, isolation and helplessness as others negotiated for his release. This experience left her determined to learn more about kidnapping and ultimately to help set up and then run Hostage UK, which was established in 2004.

Rachel moved to the US from England in September 2015 to stand up Hostage US and is proud to lead its brilliant team. She remains actively involved in supporting families and former hostages.

Rachel has a long and distinguished career as a policy advisor working on national security issues with governments and the private sector around the world. She was awarded an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2014 in recognition for her work with hostages and their families.

Rachel is Chair of the Board of Directors of The Global Center on Cooperative Security and is an Associate Fellow of Chatham House.

Rachel is a member of “Jim’s Legacy Advisory Council” at the James W Foley Legacy Foundation.

“I’m passionate about ensuring that hostages and their families get the care and support they need. I know from experience how frightening, lonely and helpless you can feel when a loved one is kidnapped. I also know that many families face practical problems that normal lawyers, financial advisors or health professionals might struggle to provide. Hostages and their families have a right to this support – free of charge, entirely confidential, and independent of any other interest. I’m honored to be able to do this vital work.”

Liz Frank

Liz Frank is the Director of Programs and Operations at Hostage US. Liz joined Rachel in standing up Hostage US prior to the launch of the organization in 2016. Liz leads the Family Support Program and oversees the support delivered to families and former hostages and oversees business operations.

Prior to joining Hostage US, Liz focused her career in the nonprofit sector spending time Nepal as part of a post-earthquake rebuild team focused on rebuilding damaged homes and schools. Liz has traveled extensively both to learn and to work in new environments. Liz earned her Bachelors Degree in International Business from the University of Delaware.

“I am honored to play a part in supporting families through what is a horrific and terrifying experience. I am proud to stand alongside a passionate, distinguished and caring group of volunteers, staff, Board, Advisory Council and partners. Together, we deliver a vital service to American families with a loved one being held abroad.”