One of the first hands to be raised asking to be appointed “The Next Peace Corps Director” is that of Carolyn Long (Gabon 1963-65) who, years ago when I first knew her, worked for TransCentury, a non-profit company started in the mid-sixties by Warren Wiggins, one of the original Mad Men of the agency, and Dick Irish (Philippines 1962–64). Carolyn has had a long career in international work. For many years she was the manager of InterAction, and today she is listed as Director, Global Partnership on their site, and travels around the world evaluating and advising on NGOs.
InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), with more than 190 members working in every developing country. Members are faith-based and secular, large and small, with a focus on the world’s most poor and vulnerable populations.
Carolyn has not been active with the RPCVs in D.C. or involved with the NPCA or the Peace Corps. She has, however, been active with her Gabon RPCV group, and did attend the reception at the Gabon Embassy during the 50th anniversary. Most recently, however, she volunteered for the Obama’s campaign in Virginia and Maryland.
For a look at Carolyn, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZAznw6Z29Y