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Advisory Council Members

The NPCA Advisory Council is made up of national leaders who have made a significant contribution to the Peace Corps and who have forged highly successful careers in the public and private sectors. These individuals meet periodically to provide strategic advice to the President and Board on ways that NPCA can better serve its members and groups and advance its mission.


Carol Bellamy

Guatemala 1963–1965, Peace Corps Director 1993–1995
Chair, Education for All - Fast Track Initiative
Former President and CEO, World Learning
Former Executive Director, UNICEF

Ron Boring

Guinea 1964–1966
Former Executive Vice President, Vodafone Japan

Nicholas Craw

Peace Corps Director 1973–1974
President, Automobile Competition Committee for the U.S.
Former President and CEO, U.S. Sailing Association


Cully Davis

Thailand 1991–1994
Vice Chairman of Equity Capital Markets & Head of West Coast Technology Investment Banking, Jefferies


Sam Farr

Colombia 1964–1966
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, California

John Garamendi

Ethiopia 1966–1968
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, California

Mark Gearan

Peace Corps Director 1995–1999
Director, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School
Former President, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Former White House Director of Communications

Tony Hall

Thailand 1966–1967
Author, Changing the Face of Hunger 
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio
Former U.S. Ambassador to Food and Agriculture Organization


Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Samoa 1981–1983, Peace Corps Director 2014–2017

President and CEO, Project Concern International


Sandra Jaffee

Ethiopia 1966–1968
Former Executive Vice President, Citigroup

William “Wilber” E. James 

Kenya 1969–1972
Managing General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners
Co-Founder, Citizens Energy Corporation

John Y. Keffer

Panama 1966–1969
Chairman, Atlantic Fund Administration

Virginia Kirkwood

Turkey 1964–1966, Thailand Country Director 1990–1993
Owner/Director, Shawnee Holdings, Inc.

Richard M. Krieg

Brazil 1969–1971 
Former President and CEO, The Horizon Foundation

Kenneth Lehman

Guatemala 1966–1968, Headquarters Staff 1968–1971
Chairman Emeritus, Winning Workplaces
Former Co-Chairman, Fel-Pro, Inc.

Dennis Lucey

Liberia Country Director 1976–1977
Vice President, AKIMA

Bruce McNamer

Paraguay 1990–1992
President & CEO, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region


Gordon Radley

Malawi 1968–1970, Samoa Staff 1979
Former President, Lucasfilm

John E. Riggan

Kenya 1965–1970, Chad 1971–1972
Chairman Emeritus, TCC Group
Founding Member, Chairman and CEO, Innovare

Mark Schneider

El Salvador 1966–1968, Peace Corps Director 1999–2001
Senior Advisor, Human Rights Initiative and Americas Program, CSIS


Donna Shalala

Iran 1962–1964
Former Member, U.S. House of Representatives, Florida
Former President, Clinton Foundation
Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Former President, University of Miami
(Read “Donna Shalala recommends Peace Corps for adventure, learning”)

Paul Slawson

Peace Corps staff HQ, Pakistan, Iran, Francophone Africa 1961–1965
Former CEO, InterPacific Co., and other multinational corporations
Trustee and former Chairman, American University of Paris
Trustee and Treasurer, The Asia Foundation

F. Chapman Taylor

Samoa 1982–1985)
Senior Vice President and Research Director, Capital International Research, Inc.

Joan Timoney

Senega 1978–1980, Peace Corps HQ staff 1993–2001)
Senior Director for Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Commission

Ron Tschetter

India 1966–1968, Peace Corps Director 2006–2009
President, D.A. Davidson & Co.

Gaddi Vasquez

Peace Corps Director 2002–2006
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Edison International


Aaron Williams 

Dominican Republic 1967–1970, Peace Corps Director 2009–2012
Executive Vice President  Emeritus, RTI International Development Group

Serving Volunteers Advisory Council

The purpose of the Serving Volunteer Advisory Council (SVAC) is to create a regular two-way channel of communication between serving Peace Corps Volunteers and NPCA. SVAC members are interested in engaging Peace Corps Volunteers in broad conversations from NPCA advocacy issues to the entrepreneurial endeavors of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide.

For more information about the NPCA Serving Volunteer Advisory Council, view the founding SVAC Framework.

SVAC hosts monthly Town Hall Meeting the third Monday of the month at at 9:00 am EST (6:00 am PT) and we want YOU to be there! Connect with them via the SVAC Facebook page