When Will the Peace Corps Get A Deputy Director?

Carrie Hessler Radelet has yet to be confirmed by the full Senate as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps and as a good friend who knows the workings in Washington puts it, “the Peace Corps isn’t doing ‘jack’ about it. ”

What gives?

Obama will be done with his first term before Carrie Radelet is sworn in as the Peace Corps Deputy Director. Any Third World country in the world could do better than this!

Right now Carrie is the the Director of the Washington, DC office of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc, a global public health organization. She has worked in the field of public health for the past two decades, specializing in HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. Before that, she was a Johns Hopkins Fellow with USAID in Indonesia and assisted the Indonesian government to develop its first national AIDS strategy.

She is also on the board of the NPCA and served on the steering committee for the US Coalition for Child Survival.  She founded the  Special Olympics in The Gambia, and was a PCV in (Western Samoa 1981-83) where she taught high school, and also on the Peace Corps staff in Samoa and D.C. from 1984-86.

She graduated from Boston University and has a Master’s in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Let’s start a “Push for Carrie” movement and get her sworn in as Deputy Director because at the moment Carrie Hessler Radelet,  as they famously say in Washington, D.C., is twisting in the wind.


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  • The Director is appointed and not doing to well. We’ve also become more political opening up countries because Clinton or Obama wants it,not because that is what is needed or safe. We also do a lot of lobbying for money(e.g. Indonesia) like more peace corps, so why not lobby for a political appointee?

    Do we really want another staff, USAID and ‘name’ school?

  • I am not comfortable accusing Peace Corps of not doing too well or not doing enough on the confirmation of the Deputy Director. Truth be told, the Republicans are too blame for the many many appointees who are languishing, either in committee, or whom they will not allow to bring to the floor of the Senate for a vote. There is huge pressure on Mitch McConnell to allow them to be confirmed, but for whatever reasons, they are stuck. So to say that the Director has not done all he could is simply not accurate. We don’t know what has been done, but we do know that the Deputy Director is in the company of many others at this point …waiting, waiting, waiting.

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