President To Nominate Hessler-Radelet as Next Peace Corps Director
By Jonathan Pearson on Thursday, July 18th, 2013
President Obama announced on Thursday his intention to nominate Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Samoa 1981-83) to become the 19th Director of the Peace Corps. [Update 7/19/13: link to White House announcement]
Hessler-Radelet has been leading the agency since September of 2012. You can read an interview with her – published in the winter 2012 issue of WorldView magazine - here. She was nominated by the President to be deputy director under Aaron Williams and began serving in that role in June, 2010.
“As Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie has been instrumental in recruiting and training thousands of Peace Corps volunteers who work to promote social and economic development around the world,” said the President in a written statement. ”I’m delighted to nominate her as Director, so this program can continue to benefit from her vision and commitment.”
Her nomination will require Senate confirmation. She will appear before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for her confirmation hearing.
The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) welcomed the nomination of Hessler-Radelet. “Carrie has demonstrated highly capable leadership in guiding the agency through a period of transition, and at a time when the Peace Corps is being called upon to continue providing quality programming with limited resources,” said NPCA President Glenn Blumhorst. “Her impressive Peace Corps service, international development credentials and willingness to consult with the broad Peace Corps community make her an ideal appointment.”
Hessler-Radelet is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) who served on the Samoa Islands, from 1981 to 1983. While there she was health volunteer and later served on the Peace Corps Headquarters staff from 1984 to 1986.
Hessler-Radelet has a distinguished career in international development focused on public health issues. As reported in her biography on the Peace Corps website, “Hessler-Radelet was vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of John Snow Inc., a global public-health organization, where she oversaw the management of public-health programs in more than 85 countries. She was actively involved in the establishment of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and was a primary author of PEPFAR’s first strategic plan. Hessler-Radelet was also a Johns Hopkins Fellow with USAID in Indonesia, where she assisted the Indonesian government in developing and implementing its first national AIDS strategy.”
Hessler-Radelet served on the Advisory Council to the NPCA and was a member of the NPCA Board of Directors from 2000 – 2007.
She also has the Peace Corps in her DNA: Hessler-Radelet comes from a three-generation Peace Corps family, beginning with her grandmother, Ruth Pearsall (Malaysia) and her aunt, Ginny Kirkwood (Turkey). Her husband, Steve Radelet, is also an RPCV.
Follow this link to read more about Carrie Hessler-Radelet.