Affiliate Group Network

The Affiliate Group Network – AGN facilitates communication between and among NPCA affiliate groups for purposes of sharing best practices and more. It consists formally of an annual meeting of the leadership of NPCA’s affiliate groups, scheduled each year in conjunction with Peace Corps Connect. The meeting is open to all. NPCA also presents a webinar series (see below). Throughout the year, NPCA affiliate groups are encouraged to communicate via the Facebook Affiliate Group Network.

Contacts: Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, Mariko Schmitz; NPCA Vice President, Anne Baker



Affiliate Group Network Resources

Questions Addressed
What is the NPCA Affiliate Group Network (AGN)?  How do we use the AGN to connect with and learn from other groups?

Information Guide

Relevant Documents & Internet Links



Affiliate Group Webinar Series

This capacity building webinar series is presented through the generous support of a grant from the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Wisconsin-Madison. Thank you!

Use the links below to register and to review supporting documents and access information (as well as recordings of past webinars).


Upcoming webinars (on Wednesdays at 8 pm Eastern, unless otherwise noted)


Archived webinars

Wednesday, April 24, 2019: Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Establish a Micro-loan Program through TCP Global

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Thursday, November 15, 2018: Engaging your Group with Refugees: Case Studies

Wednesday, August 29, 2018: Collaboration discussion with Kul Gautam and RESULTS

Wednesday, August 15, 2018: Preserve the Peace Corps Legacy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018: Insurance 101: Do we need it? What do we need? Why?

Thursday, May 17, 2018: Get Strategic, Part II: How to Develop a Strategic Plan that Empowers your Group

Thursday, April 5, 2018: Get Strategic: How to Develop a Strategic Plan that Empowers your Group

Thursday, March 15, 2018: Get Social: Tips and Tricks for Engaging your Members using Social Media

Wednesday, February 7, 2018: International Women's Day 2018: Another Opportunity to Serve

Wednesday, January 10, 2018: Partnering with Hostelling International USA

Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Tips of the Trade: Building your database - finding those RPCVs

Wednesday, October 11, 2017: Supporting Women and Girls Around the World: A Conversation

Thursday, September 28, 2017: Affiliate Group Sign-on Letter Q&A (no recording)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Affiliate Group Sign-on Letter Q&A (no recording)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017: NPCA Staff Meet and Greet (focus: #ProtectPeaceCorps - no recording)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Supporting our RPCV Community (following on the "Building an RPCV Support Network" webinar from April - no recording)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Engaging your Group in Support of Refugees

Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Highlighting your Group on the NPCA Website

Wednesday, April 19, 2017: Building an RPCV Support Network

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: NPCA Meet and Greet (focus: NPCA Governance)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017: NPCA Meet and Greet

Thursday, January 26, 2017: Movement Builders—Help Bridge America's Divides Through Service

Tuesday, January 24, 2017: National Days of Action Mobilization Update

Wednesday, January 18, 2017: NPCA Meet and Greet

Wednesday, December 21, 2016:  NPCA Meet and Greet

Tuesday, December 20, 2016: Movement Builders—Help Bridge America's Divides Through Service

Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Advocacy Coordinators Update. President-elect Trump and the Peace Corps and more

Tuesday, November 22, 2016: Advocacy Coordinator 101

Tuesday, November 1, 2016: Rally Peace Corps Champions: Become an NPCA Advocacy Coordinator

Tuesday, October 25, 2016: Building Affiliate Group Engagement in Support of Refugees

Thursday, September 15, 2016: Peace Corps Connect First Timers' Orientation

Thursday, June 23, 2016: Building an RPCV Support Network

Wednesday, June 15, 2016: Peace Corps' New Look

Wednesday, May 25, 2016: Amazing Technology Resources for your Group

Thursday, May 19, 2016: Interested in Hosting a Peace Corps Story Slam?

Saturday, March 12, 2016: Legal Considerations 101: Non-profit status and tax filing

Thursday, February 11, 2016: Engage and Strengthen your Group at Peace Corps Connect

Thursday, January 28, 2016: National Day of Action in Support of Peace Corps – Opportunities for Affiliate Groups

Wednesday, November 11, 2015: (repeated Tuesday, November 17, 2015): NPCA’s New Membership Model and the Peace Corps Community Fund



Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting

We encourage you to attend the annual meeting to discuss the past and future events of NPCA and its affiliate groups and meet other group leaders and NPCA staff in person. 

The 2019 Affiliate Group Network Annual Meeting was held in Austin, TX on Friday, June 21 during Peace Corps Connect.

NPCA affiliate group delegates elect an Affiliate Group Network (AGN) Coordinator every two years.  The AGN Coordinator is a voting member of the NPCA Board of Directors, per the NPCA bylaws.  The current Affiliate Group Network Coordinator (for the term 2018-2020) is Mariko Schmitz.

Minutes from previous meetings:

2018 AGN Annual Meeting Minutes

2017 AGN Annual Meeting Minutes (PDF)

2016 AGN Annual Meeting Minutes (PDF)

2015 AGN Annual Meeting Minutes (PDF)

2014 GLF Minutes (PDF)

2013 GLF Minutes (PDF)

2012 GLF Minutes (PDF)

Contact Your Divisional Board Directors

Please reach out to the director in your division and add them to your email distribution list. In fact, you may already have them on your list, as we transfer the permanent emails as directors change.


  • Nikole Allen: Northeast U.S. Email
  • Tom Potter: Southern Tier U.S.  Email 
  • Keith Beck: West U.S.  Email  
  • Mary Owen: Upper Midwest U.S.  Email 
  • Evelyn Ganzglass: MidAtlantic and Nationwide U.S.  Email 
  • Elizabeth Genter-Barrett: Europe, North and East Africa Email 
  • Faith Van Gilder: West, Central and Southern Africa  Email 
  • Katie Long: The Americas Email  
  • Jed Meline: Asia and the Pacific  Email 

Meet the full Board of Directors.