Swendiman follows RPCV daughter into the Peace Corps as Deputy Director (Ukraine)


WASHINGTON – President Donald J. Trump  announced today his intent to nominate Alan R. Swendiman to serve as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps.

Alan R. Swendiman

Currently, Swendiman serves as Founding Principal of The Capitol Connection, LLC, a government contract consulting firm practicing in the areas of strategy, business development, and operational management.

Previously, Swendiman served as a legal advisor and senior executive for a broad range of federal agencies, including serving as Deputy Principal Legal Advisor and Chief of Staff for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (2010-2016), General Counsel of the United States Agency for International Development (2008-2010), General Counsel and Acting Chief of Staff of the U.S. General Services Administration (2005-2006), and General Counsel of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (1992-1993).

Swendiman has also held positions with the Executive Office of the President and with the State of North Carolina, overseeing administrative services and information technology. In addition, he has more than 30 years of experience in private law practice with Jackson & Campbell, P.C., where he focused on corporate counseling and government contracting.

Swendiman holds a B.A. in political science/history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to the District of Columbia, Maryland, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.

Shelley Swendiman

Shelley Swendiman Alan Swendiman’s daughter, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2005 to 2007.

After her tour, Shelley was the Desk Assistant for Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu at the Peace Corps from 2008 to 2011.  She then became the desk officer for Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga from 2011 to 2013, before leaving Peace Corps employment after a total of 5 years and 6 months, as well as her two years as a PCV in Ukraine.


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  • Peace Corps is a federal agency and the Director and Deputy Director are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The President nominates whom he think will accomplish the direction he wishes for the Peace Corps.
    Alan R. Swendiman certainly has impressive credentials, but so does his RPCV daughter. If Dr. Robert Textor’s ideas had prevailed and almost all positions at Peace Corps had been filled by RPCVs, one would think it would be Shelley Stinelli and not her father who was nominated for Deputy Director. This is what I gathered from her profile on Linkedin.

    Shelley Stinelli
    Shelley (Swendiman) Stinelli

    International development professional with over ten years of experience in program management, community development, and child rights protection. Skilled in administration of international development programs, designing and delivering training, and providing technical assistance in a mul…

    U.S. Department of Labor

    Total Duration5 yrs 4 mos
    TitleInternational Relations Officer
    Dates EmployedAug 2014 – Present
    Employment Duration4 yrs 4 mos
    LocationWashington, DC
    – Manage a portfolio of approximately $40 million consisting of cooperative agreements to combat child labor with NGOs and the International Labor Organization in the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Turkey, as well as a global program on occupational safety and health for youth.

    – Ensure programs meet established targets, remain on schedule and within budget, while adhering to agency and federal regulations. Design and manage comprehensive monitoring and evaluation strategies. Provide technical support to implementing organizations…. See more
    TitleInternational Relations Analyst
    Dates EmployedAug 2013 – Aug 2014
    Employment Duration1 yr 1 mo
    LocationWashington, D.C.
    • Work in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Europe/Asia/Middle East/North Africa Division covering child labor reporting on Mongolia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Philippines. Managed programs in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

    Peace Corps
    Total Duration5 yrs 6 mos
    TitleCountry Desk Officer (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga)
    Dates EmployedApr 2011 – Aug 2013
    Employment Duration2 yrs 5 mos
    LocationWashington, DC
    – Provided primary program assistance, operational support, and administrative coordination to three Peace Corps Pacific posts. Assisted overseas programs in achieving strategic objectives and recommended medium and long-range plans consistent with overall agency goals and policies…. See more
    TitleCountry Desk Assistant (Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu)
    Dates EmployedJun 2008 – Mar 2011
    Employment Duration2 yrs 10 mos
    LocationWashington, DC
    – Provided program assistance, operational support, and administrative coordination as part of a country desk unit managing support for six Pacific posts.

    American University
    Degree NameMaster’s Degree Field Of StudyInternational Training & Education
    Dates attended or expected graduation 2011 – 2013
    Activities and Societies: Concentration in human trafficking of youth in Eastern Europe.

    • It seems that the old saying that “you don’t get it off the grass” has been flipped here. Like daughter, like dad.

  • Edward,

    Your first comment has given me pause. This is one more thought I belatedly had. The new Peace Corps legislation increases oversight responsibilities of the Inspector General of the Peace Corps. Swendiman is an attorney with many years of working in federal agencies. He has the skill and the experience to make sure that Peace Corps is in compliance with all the new legislative mandates.

    You were right. Swendiman does have a record of rich accomplishments. He may be exactly what the Peace corps needs now.

    The old saying about measure twice and cut once hold true.

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