[In a late December, 2012 letter to friends, Chic tells the Peace Corps Community about his decision to retire. Chic is the author of  Exhaust the Limits: The Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, self-published in 2010. We wish Chic well in his retirement years. His letter to friends.]

Dear Friends,images

I am about to wrap up my final tasks here in the office and move on to the next stage in my life - retirement!  It will be an active retirement with some teaching, consulting, lecturing, and service on a few nonprofit boards, but it will also include lots of reading, good music and some canoeing and fishing.

Congressman Garamendi has agreed to name Chris Austin as the Acting Chief of Staff. He can be reached at chris.austin@mail.house.gov.  Chris will continue to be the Legislative Director in addition to his new responsibilities.

I can’t tell you what an honor it has been to be part of this amazing team working with a great Member of Congress with the best team imaginable.

My personal contact information is: chic@dambach.org and 410-703-8650.  I plan to be completely out of communication from now until Thursday as I start to decompress, but after that I hope to hear from you often.

All the best for 2013.


Charles F. (Chic) Dambach
Chief of Staff
Congressman John Garamendi
2438 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515