The national Director of the Peace Corps, Carrie Hessler-Radelet, gave a free public talk at the East-West Center (EWC) on the evening of Friday, May 20th, 2016. The director’s talk on the topic of “The Peace Corps in Hawai‘i: Past, Present, and Future” was followed by a reception.
Carrie Hessler-Radelet, the 19th Director of the Peace Corps, was sworn in on June 25, 2014, having served as acting and deputy director from 2010–14. She has led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the Peace Corps to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, including efforts to revitalize the volunteer recruitment, application, and selection process which resulted in record-breaking application numbers in 2015. She has also helped to forge innovative strategic partnerships, such as Let Girls Learn, an all-government collaboration with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand adolescent girls’ access to education around the world, and the Global Health Service Partnership, which sends physicians and nurses to teach in developing countries.
Coming from a four-generation Peace Corps family, Hessler-Radelet began her career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa (1981–83). After leaving the Peace Corps, she went on to spend the next two decades in public health work, focusing on HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health. As vice president and director of the Washington, DC office of John Snow Inc., she oversaw health programs in more than 85 countries. She was also actively involved in establishing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Hessler-Radelet holds a Master of Science in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in political science from Boston University.
Co-sponsored by the East-West Center, Peace Corps, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Hawaii and Office of Civic & Community Engagement (University of Hawaii).