Future Directions for the Peace Corps
For over 50 years, more than 230,000 Americans have volunteered with the Peace Corps in 141 countries to develop sustainable solutions in the sectors of agriculture, health, community economic development, education, environment, and youth in development. Dr. Olsen's experience, global outlook, and passion for the Peace Corps are indicative of a prosperous future for the agency. Empowered by the use of technology and innovative service models, Dr. Olsen is leading a call to lifelong service and dedication to the three goals of the Peace Corps.
Dr. Jody K. Olsen was sworn in as the Director of the Peace Corps in March of 2018. Dr. Olsen began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Tunisia from 1966-1968. She has since served the agency in multiple leadership positions—as Acting Director in 2009; Deputy Director from 2002-2009; Chief of Staff from 1989-1992; Regional Director, North Africa, Near East, Asia, Pacific from 1981-1984; and Country Director in Togo from 1979-1981.
Prior to returning to the Peace Corps in 2018, Dr. Olsen served as Visiting Professor at the Univerity of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and Director of the University's Center for Global Education Initiatives. She also oversaw health research projects in Malawi while teaching courses on international social work, global social policy, and global women and children's health.
Please join us at CSIS for this armchair discussion featuring Dr. Jody K. Olsen and Mark L. Schneider on Monday, December 10th.
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.