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Peace Corps

1111 Twentieth Street NW., Washington, DC 20526




DIRECTOR Sheila M. Crowley, Acting
Deputy Director M. Katherine Stroker, Acting
Chief of Staff Carl S. Sosebee, Acting
Senior Advisor to the Director Maryann Minutillo

Chief Financial Officer Paul Shea, Acting
Chief Information Officer Scott Knell, Acting
Director of Civil Rights and Diversity Laara Manler
Director of Victim Advocacy Da Shawna Townsend
General Counsel Anthony Marra, Acting
White House Liaison Matthew McKinney

Associate Director for Global Operations Kristin B. Besch, Acting
Associate Director for Health Services Jill A. Carty, Acting
Associate Director for Safety and Security Shawn Bardwell
Associate Director for Volunteer Recruitment and Selection Erin Gibbs, Acting
Director of Global Health and HIV Marie McLeod
Director of Office of Strategic Information, Research, and Planning Jeffrey Kwiecinski, Acting
Director of Overseas Programming and Training Support Stephanie Rust
Director of Peace Corps Response Thomas Ross, Acting
Regional Director, Africa Timothy Hartman, Acting
Regional Director, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia Jean E. Seigle, Acting
Regional Director, Inter-America and the Pacific Emily Untermeyer, Acting

Associate Director for Management William L. Stoppel, Acting
Associate Director of External Affairs Ashley Bell
Chief Compliance Officer Angela Kissel, Acting
Director of Communications Christine Dobday, Acting
Director of Third Goal and Returned Volunteer Services Keith Honda
Executive Secretariat Melanie A. Wilhelm
Inspector General Kathy A. Buller

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 09–2017.

The Peace Corps gives the people of host countries increased access to trained volunteers with skills and specializations and deepens mutual understanding between Americans and the countries served.

The Peace Corps was established by the Peace Corps Act of 1961, as amended (22 U.S.C. 2501), and was made an independent agency by title VI of the International Security and Development Cooperation Act of 1981 (22 U.S.C. 2501-1).


The Peace Corps consists of a Washington, DC, headquarters, six regional offices, and overseas operations at 61 posts, relying on more than 7,200 volunteers.

To fulfill the Peace Corps mandate, men and women are trained for a 9- to 14-week period in the appropriate local language, the technical skills necessary for their particular jobs, and the cross-cultural skills needed to adjust to a society with traditions and attitudes different from their own. Volunteers serve for a period of 2 years, living among the people with whom they work. Volunteers are expected to become a part of the community through their service.

Thousands of volunteers serve worldwide and work in six program areas: agriculture, business development, education, environment, health and HIV/AIDS, and youth development. Community-level projects are designed to match the skills of volunteers with the resources of host-country agencies and other international assistance organizations to solve specific development problems, often in conjunction with private volunteer organizations.

In the United States, the Peace Corps is working to promote an understanding of people in other countries. Through its World Wise Schools program, volunteers partner with elementary and junior high school students in the United States to encourage an exchange of letters, pictures, music, and artifacts. Participating students increase their knowledge of geography, languages, and different cultures, while gaining an appreciation for voluntarism.

The Peace Corps offers other domestic programs that rely on former volunteers. Working together with universities, local public school systems, and private businesses and foundations, these former volunteers help solve some of our Nation's most pressing domestic problems.

Sources of Information

Age Limit

The Peace Corps does not have an upper age limit, and spouses and partners can serve together. To learn more, visit the "Volunteering at 50–Plus" web page.

Becoming a Volunteer

The volunteer program has an online application portal.

Career Opportunities

Peace Corps vacancy announcements are posted online. Additional information is available from the Office of Human Resource Management. Phone, 202-692-1200.

The Peace Corps consistently ranks high among midsize agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.


The "Events" web page has a search tool for locating a nearby event by ZIP Code.


Curious to know how many Americans have been in the Peace Corps? On which continent most volunteers serve? To learn the answers to these questions and others, visit the "Fast Facts" web page.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Peace Corps posts certain types of records that it creates on its website. A formal FOIA request is not necessary to access them. The Peace Corps also maintains a FOIA requester service center that can provide information on the status of a person's FOIA request.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Peace Corps posts answers to FAQs on its website.


At 2 a.m., before a crowd of 10,000 students, then Senator and Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy launched a new experiment in public service from the steps of the Michigan Union at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. To learn more about what happened early that morning of October 14, 1960, visit "The Founding Moment" web page.


The Office of Press Relations posts news—agency statements, media advisories, and press releases—on the Peace Corps website.

Open Government

The Peace Corps supports the Open Government initiative by promoting the principles of collaboration, participation, and transparency.


The Office of the Inspector General from the Peace Corps posts reports and data on, a text-searchable repository of reports that Federal Inspectors General publish. The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency operates and maintains the website to increase public access to independent and authoritative information on the Federal Government.


The Peace Corps' website features a photo library.

Recruitment Offices

Contact information for Peace Corps recruitment offices is available online.

Social Media

The Peace Corps tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on Twitter.

The Peace Corps has a Facebook account.

The Peace Corps posts videos on its YouTube channel.


Peace Corps volunteers have stories to tell. Read and listen to them on the Peace Corps' website.

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