Press Release: Statement on Pending Peace Corps Director Confirmation
Washington, DC — November 1st, 2013 — As the nation’s leading organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and the Peace Corps community, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is pleased to note the strong level of support and goodwill expressed by our community toward President Obama’s nomination of Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Samoa 1981-83) to become the 19th Director of the Peace Corps.
She will go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, November 6 for a confirmation hearing.
Hessler-Radelet is uniquely positioned to lead the Peace Corps, given that she has served as Acting Director for more than a year and has continued to advance the mission and vital work of the agency without interruption.
As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who comes from a multi-generational Peace Corps family, Hessler-Radelet has a strong knowledge of and empathy toward the experiences, triumphs and challenges of Peace Corps Volunteers.
Among her strengths are demonstrated compassion and leadership concerning the health and safety of Volunteers. Hessler-Radelet has sustained initiatives to further protect and support individuals harmed by sexual assault or other forms of violence. Similarly, she has demonstrated a personal commitment to work with other members of the Peace Corps community who face long-term illness or injury stemming from their Peace Corps service.
The overwhelming response from members of the Peace Corps community – across the decades of service – indicates strong support and confidence in Carrie Hessler-Radelet’s abilities to continue leading the Peace Corps.
About the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA)
Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is the nation’s leading 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization connecting and championing Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community. It provides service and education opportunities that build on the Peace Corps experience, and is also the longest-standing advocate for an independent and robust Peace Corps. To learn more, visit: www.peacecorpsconnect.org
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