Letter published May 22, 2022
Dear Members of the Peace Corps Community,
National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is dedicated to serving the Peace Corps community and supporting the mission of the Peace Corps. NPCA is committed to providing support, resources, and advocacy while promoting a spirit of respect and acceptance of all people.
The Board of NPCA takes all allegations of an unsafe or hostile workplace environment for women or others very seriously and has not and will not condone such an environment at NPCA. The allegations referenced in the recent posts online are not new. The Board took action to engage an independent and qualified investigator to conduct a thorough examination of these charges when they were brought to the attention of the Board. The independent investigator concluded that the allegations of misconduct were not credible and that NPCA did not present an unsafe or hostile work environment for women.
The posts also reference an older lawsuit in which other former employees alleged a hostile work environment at NPCA. In that case, the allegations were investigated by an experienced and qualified attorney who found the allegations unfounded.
We regret these allegations have been raised again in an attempt to damage the reputation of NPCA and its employees. The board and staff of NPCA remain committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of its operation.
Board Chair, NPCA
May 22, 2022
National Peace Corps Association SPECIAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Virtual Meeting via Zoom
June 6, 2022
Directors Present: Nikole Allen, Michael Bailkin, Glenn Blumhorst (ex officio), Mary Broude, Evelyn Ganzglass, Jeffrey Janis, Chip Levengood, Katie Long, Jed Meline, Robert Nolan, Eileen O’Donnell, Mary Owen-Thomas, Gretchen Upholt, Faith Van Gilder, XiNomara Velazquez Yehuda, Albert Whitaker
Directors Absent: None
Call to Order – Kim Herman
The Board Chair called the meeting to order at 5:02 p.m. Eastern Time. All Board Directors were present and a quorum was met.
Glenn Blumhorst, President/CEO, gave a summary of recent online allegations against the staff of NPCA and proposed suggested actions the board might consider.
The board moved to Executive Session at 5:27 p.m. Eastern Time.
Glenn Blumhorst was asked to recuse himself from the meeting due to matters under discussion. Glenn objected to the recusal, but left the meeting.
MOTION: The Board hereby resolves to a form a Communications Task Force (co-chaired by Board Directors Nikole Allen and Eileen O’Donnell) to help NPCA appropriately engage the staff, affiliate groups, donors, grantors, and others and open greater dialogue with our community; and a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Policy Task Force (chaired by Board Director XiNomara Velazquez Yehuda) to use the previously adopted NPCA DEI Framework to develop a DEI Policy for NPCA that will help promote a positive organizational culture for adoption by the Board.
MOTION: The Board of Directors of NPCA hereby resolves to terminate the employment of President and CEO, Mr. Glenn Blumhorst, effective in 3 days and place him on Administrative leave effective immediately until that time. In consideration of Mr. Blumhorst’s long service to NPCA, we resolve to allow him the option to resign and receive severance pay up to three months of his current salary assuming he also accepts certain conditions to be negotiated by the NPCA
Glenn Blumhorst’s departure and the transition in leadership