Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, U.S. Ambassador to Malta (2012-16); (PCV Oman 1980-82)

Charles C. Adams Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Finland (2015-2017); (PCV Kenya 1968-70)

Frank Almaguer,U. S. Ambassador to Honduras (1999 to 2002); (PCV Belize 1967–69) & (PC/CD Honduras 1976-79)

Larry E. André, Jr, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia  February 2022-present; to Djibouti from 2018 to 2021, and to Mauritania from 2014 to 2017

Michael R. Arietti, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda (2005-2008); (PCV India 1969-71)

Charles R. Baquet III, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Djibouti (1991-93); (PCV Somalia 1965-67)

Robert Blackwill, U. S. Ambassador to India (2001-03); (PCV Malawi 1964-66)

Donald T. Bliss, U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (Montreal) 2006-09; PCV Micronesia 1966-68

Julia Chang Bloch, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal (1989-1993); (PCV Malaysia 1964-66)

Parker Borg, U.S. Ambassador to Mali (1981-1984) & Iceland (1993-1996); (PCV Philippines 1961-63)

Richard Boucher, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2009-2013), (PCV Senegal 1973–75)

Peter Burleigh, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka, concurrently the Maldives (1995-1997); (PCV Nepal 1963-65)

Katherine Hubay Canavan (formerly Peterson), U.S. Ambassador to Botswana (2005-2008) and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho (1998-2001); (PCV Zaire 1973-76)

Johnnie Carson, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya (1999-2003) & Zimbabwe (1995-97) & Uganda (1991-1994); (PCV Tanzania 1965-68)

Peter R. Chaveas, U. S. Ambassador (Malawi 1994-1997) & Sierra Leone (2001-2004); (PCV Chad 1968-70)

Michael Corbin, U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (2011-2014); (PCV Mauritania 1982–1984)

Shaun Donnelly, U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives (1997-2000); (PCV Tunisia 1968-70)

Joseph R. Donovan Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia (2017 to 2020); (PCV Korea 1973-75)

Gregory W. Engle, U.S. Ambassador (Togo 2003-2005); (PC/CD Ethiopia 2012-14); (PCV South Korea 1980-81)

Richard Erdman, U.S. Ambassador Algeria (2003-06); (PCV Turkey 1967-69)

Robert Fitts, U.S. Ambassador in Papua New Guinea (2003-2006); (PCV Malaysia 1970-72)

Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2011-2014) & Algeria (2006-08); (PCV Morocco 1980-82)

Dan Foote, U.S. Ambassador to Zambia (2017-2020); (PCV Bolivia 1992-94)

Alonzo Fulgham, U.S. Head of AID (2006-2009); (PCV Haiti 1984-86)

Robert S. Gelbard, U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia (1988-1991); & Indonesia (1999-2001); (first PCV to return to Peace Corps country (PCV Bolivia 1964-66)

Ronald Godard, U.S. Ambassador Guyana (2001-03); (PCV Ecuador 1964-66)

Gordon Gray III, U.S. Ambassador Tunisia (2009- 2012); (PCV Morocco 1978-80)

David Greenlee, U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay (2000-03) & Bolivia (2003-06); (PCV Bolivia 1965-67)

Robert E. Gribbin, U.S. Ambassador to Central African Republic (1992-95) & Rwanda (1995-1999) ; (PCV Kenya 1968-70)

Matthew Harrington, U.S. Ambassador to Lesotho (2014-2017); (PCV Mauritania 1988-89)

Christopher R. Hill, U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia (1996-1999) & Poland (2000-2004) & South Korea (2004-2005) & Iraq (2009-10); (PCV Cameroon 1974–76)

Franklin Pierce ‘Pancho’ Huddle, U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan; PCV Libya 1966 (cut short over security concerns)

Vicki Huddleston, U.S. Ambassador to Madagascar (1997-1999) & Mali (2002-2005) & Chief of United States Interests Section in Havana (1999–2002); (PCV Peru 1964–66)

Edmund Hull, U. S. Ambassador to Yemen (2001-2004); (PCV Tunisia 1987–90)

Thomas N. Hull, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone (2004-2007); (PCV Sierra Leone 1968-70)

Cameron Hume, U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (1997-2000) & South Africa (2001-2004) & Sudan (2005-2007) & Indonesia (2007-2010); (PCV Libya 1968-70)

Ravic Huso, U.S. Ambassador to Laos (2007-2010); (PCV Senegal (1976-1978)

Darryl N. Johnson, U. S. Ambassador to Thailand 2001-2004); (PCV Thailand 1962–65)

John Keane, U.S. Ambassador Paraguay (2003-05); (PCV Colombia 1966-69)

John W. Limbert, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania (2000-2003); (PCV Iran 1964-66)

Donald Lu, U.S. Ambassador to Albania (2014-2018) & Kyrgyz Republic (nominated May 2018); (PCV Sierra Leone 1988-90)

James F. Mack, U.S. Ambassador Guyana (1997-2000); (PCV Honduras 1963-65)

Niels Marquardt, U.S. Ambassador Equatorial Guinea (2004-2006) & Cameroon (2004-2007) & Madagascar (2007-2010); (PCV Rwanda 1977-79)

Don McConnell, U.S. Ambassador Burkina Faso (1993-1996) & Eritrea (2001-2004); (PCV Nigeria 1963-65)

Patrick Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia (2018-present); (PCV Cameroon 1985-87)

Walter North, U.S. Ambassador (Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu & Solomon Islands 2012-2016); (PCV Ethiopia 1973-75)

Larry Leon Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2002-2005) & Barbados (2012-2016); (PCV Liberia 1971)

Mary Pendleton, U.S. Ambassador to Moldovia (1992-95); (PCV Tunisia 1966-68)

Dean Pittman, U.S. Ambassador to Mozambique (2016-2018); PCV Gabon 1979-81

Robert Annan Riley III, U.S. Ambassador to Federated States of Micronesia (2016-2020); (PCV Gabon 1979-83)

Richard Roth, U.S. Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau (2002-2005); (PCV Burkina Faso 1969-72)

Brenda (Brown) Schoonover, U.S. Ambassador to Togo (1998-2000); (PCV Philippines 1961-63)

Stephen Schwartz, U.S. Ambassador to Somalia (2016-2017); (PCV Cameroon 1981-83)

Ellen Shippy, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi 1998-2000; PCV El Salvador 1966-68

Dane F. Smith, U.S. Ambassador to (Guinea 1990-93) & Senegal (1996-99); PCV (Ethiopia 1963-65)

Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Ambassador to South Korea (South Korea, 2008-11); (PCV 1975-77)

John Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya (May 2012-September 2012); (PCV Morocco 1983–85)

Eric William Stromayer, U.S. Ambassador Nominee Togo (2019-2022); (PCV Senegal 1982-83)

Stephanie Sanders Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Congo (2013-17) & Ambassador Nominee Ghana (2018); (PCV  Dominican Republic 1980-83)

Lawrence P. Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Estonia 1995-97; PCV Colombia 1963-1965

Peter Tomsen, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia (1995-98); (PCV Nepal 1964-65)

Victor L. Tomseth, U. S. Ambassador to Laos (1993-1996); (hostage in the Iran hostage crisis); (PCV Nepal 1964-65)

William H. Twaddell, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania (1988-91) & Nigeria (1997-2000); (PCV Brazil 1963-65)

Barrie Walkley, U.S. Ambassador to Guinea (2001-2004) & Gabon (2004-2007); PCV Somalia (1967-69)

Eric Whitaker, U.S. Ambassador (Niger 2017 to 2021); (PCV Philippines 1980-82)

Pamela White, U.S. Ambassador (Gambia 2010-12 & Haiti 2012-15); (PCV Cameroon 1971-73)

Compiled by Ben East (Malawi 1996-98) a U.S. Foreign Service Officer and novelist. Originally from Connecticut, diplomatic assignments have taken Ben to India, Washington, Mexico, Ghana, Nicaragua, and Saudi Arabia. His novels include Two Pumps for the Body an and


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  • Thank you for compiling this list. It shows that the Peace Corps is a training ground for our diplomats. I am sure that it a list were drawn-up of USAID Directors it would be equally impressive.


  • I recall that in the early ‘60s many State Dept types looked down on us as naive kids going out into their international turf.

    —Tino Calabia, RPCV, Peru, ‘63-‘65

  • John,

    This is a listing that needs to be shown to the Congress every time our Peace Corps Director goes up to testify for its annual budget. It’s a Return on Investment. Add to it those RPCVs that went on to share their subsequent wealth and influence with others, like Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix; Dona Shalala, President of two major universities, and the Secretary of Health; Mike McCasky, President and owner of the Chicago Bears Football Team, etc.

    Great thanks for bringing this list to our attention.

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