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NPCA Leadership Transition Announcement

NPCA Leadership Transition Announcement

For more than 40 years, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) has united and supported a thriving Peace Corps community. Connecting thousands of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, over 180 affiliate groups, and countless partners, NPCA continues to grow and increase our collective impact at home and abroad. We remain committed to this purpose and to providing support, resources, and advocacy. We do this work together, because we are united in our belief that our differences are our strength—and by drawing on those differences, we can have real and lasting impact. 

Today, we begin a new chapter at NPCA. The Board of Directors announces the departure of NPCA President and CEO, Glenn Blumhorst. We are grateful for Mr. Blumhorst’s years of leadership and dedication to the Peace Corps through service, advocacy, and support, and wish him well in his future endeavors. Kim Herman has been appointed as Interim President and CEO with full authority while an Executive search is conducted for NPCA’s next leader. Jed Meline, former Vice Chair of the Board, is serving as Interim Board Chair.

Prior to accepting this new role, Mr. Herman was the NPCA Board Chair. Mr. Herman served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic doing rural community development from 1967 to 1969, after graduating from Washington State University. Building on his Peace Corps service, Mr. Herman has had a distinguished career focusing on affordable housing across the nation. He has over 35 years of legislative experience working with the Washington state legislature and Congress, and he has served on the boards of numerous nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and advocacy organizations. The NPCA Board is delighted he has agreed to continue to serve the Peace Corps community in this role.  

We believe that with this transition in leadership, NPCA can further thrive within an inclusive community, and with a workplace culture, that draws strength from our differences, celebrates diversity, and finds connectedness in our shared values. Additionally, the NPCA Board is working on several initiatives to ensure a positive path forward for the organization. Further announcements will be shared shortly.

We appreciate your continued support through this transition. For questions, please contact president@peacecorpsconnect.org.


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  • Barry Hillenbrand The point Joanne raises here is central: who is now leading the NPCA campaign to get the Peace Corps bill through Congress and Carol Spahn confirmed. These are the projects that Glenn managed so... see more The point Joanne raises here is central: who is now leading the NPCA campaign to get the Peace Corps bill through Congress and Carol Spahn confirmed. These are the projects that Glenn managed so energetically and effectively. If the Board thinks it can wait till September to deal with the leadership issue, it is wrong -- once again. Bring back Glenn. .
    1 day ago
  • Joanne Roll I posted this earlier, but when I clicked on it to read, it disappeared. So here it is again: Dear Members of the Peace Corps Community,

    National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is dedicated to...
    see more I posted this earlier, but when I clicked on it to read, it disappeared. So here it is again: Dear Members of the Peace Corps Community,

    National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is dedicated to serving the Peace Corps community and supporting the mission of the Peace Corps. NPCA is committed to providing support, resources, and advocacy while promoting a spirit of respect and acceptance of all people.

    The Board of NPCA takes all allegations of an unsafe or hostile workplace environment for women or others very seriously and has not and will not condone such an environment at NPCA. The allegations referenced in the recent posts online are not new. The Board took action to engage an independent and qualified investigator to conduct a thorough examination of these charges when they were brought to the attention of the Board. The independent investigator concluded that the allegations of misconduct were not credible and that NPCA did not present an unsafe or hostile work environment for women.

    The posts also reference an older lawsuit in which other former employees alleged a hostile work environment at NPCA. In that case, the allegations were investigated by an experienced and qualified attorney who found the allegations unfounded.

    We regret these allegations have been raised again in an attempt to damage the reputation of NPCA and its employees. The board and staff of NPCA remain committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of its operation.

    Kim Herman
    Board Chair, NPCA

    May 22, 2022
    9 hours ago
  • william epstein Then the question persists: Why was Glen fired? What did he do or not do? If the staff and board are so committed to serving the PC community, how did Glem transgress enough to warrant a... see more Then the question persists: Why was Glen fired? What did he do or not do? If the staff and board are so committed to serving the PC community, how did Glem transgress enough to warrant a summary dismissal? The concern is that a coup took place motivated by vanity and the lust for power rather than by objective performance. As for Joanne Roll's inquisition of "ulterior motives," has she taken on the role of Torquemada? Where did she get the notion that 9000 calls were made on behalf of the PC. Surely she is aware in light of her extensive experience with Washington lobbies and lobbyists and the process of making national policy, that a group of 250,000 people (the number of PC returnees that NPCA purports to serve) that produces only 9000 comments in support of core legislation fails to demonstrate notable interested in the issue. It was a pitiful response if it was even 9000. By the way, is the number a guess or is it auditable? It is usually safe to reduce an organization's estimate of its turnout by at least 50% and often much more. On the present issue of Glenn's firing, only about 25 people or so took the time or had the interest to post 56 comments. NPCA does not have much standing or influence in Congress or apparently with the PC itself, and perhaps it should not. Lobbying is often a ritual of democracy in the US. Representatives listen politely to all of their constituencies. They love the sincere, the churchly, the dedicated and the uninformed and usually memorialize each meeting in photos. Successful politicians are adept at conveying support; they usually find some common ground with even their most virulent critics. NPCA promotes an organization that purports to contribute to welfare and development in poor nations but is not at all keen let alone willing to mount credible evaluations of its programs. It is worth asking whether the PC is more a ceremony of American values and nostalgia for a past that never was than a serious attempt at poverty reduction and social development. Nostalgic ceremony is the more credible default position in the absence of good information. Little stories of memoirist reportage do not constitute credible information. The charitable impulse without a measurable effect is not charity but self-promotion. If there is a God, She is not fooled.
    8 hours ago