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The President of the United States appoints the Peace Corps Director and Deputy Director, and the appointments must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

The Peace Corps enjoys bipartisan support in Congress. Senators and representatives from both parties have served as Volunteers.

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs are charged with general oversight of the activities and programs of the Peace Corps.

Carol Spahn, Peace Corps Director

Carol Spahn was sworn into office as the 21st Director of the Peace Corps on December 21, 2022.

Director Spahn brings more than 25 years of public and private sector experience and has worked in countries around the world on issues ranging from small business development and infectious disease prevention to women's empowerment.

Carol Spahn
Carol Spahn

She most recently served as the Peace Corps' chief executive officer and, prior to that, as acting director. Previously, Director Spahn was also the Peace Corps’ chief of operations in the Africa Region and the country director of Peace Corps/Malawi.

Director Spahn’s Peace Corps roots extend back to when she was a Volunteer from 1994 to 1996 in Romania, where she served as a small business advisor.

Before returning to the Peace Corps as country director, Director Spahn was senior vice president of operations at Women for Women International, an organization serving marginalized and socially excluded women in conflict- affected countries. Prior to that, Director Spahn served as executive director of Accordia Global Health Foundation, a nonprofit focused on creating sustainable centers of excellence in health in Africa. She served as vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Small Enterprise Assistance Funds, a nonprofit private equity fund manager that invests in small- and medium-sized companies in developing countries. She has also held positions at leading private sector institutions, including GE Capital and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Director Spahn holds a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in international development from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.

David E. White Jr., Peace Corps Deputy Director

David E. White Jr. was sworn into office as the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps on December 29, 2023.

White most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources at the U.S. Department of State. Before that, he served as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel (PPO), and prior to that as National Security Council Senior Advisor to the White House Coordinator for Operation Allies Welcome, where he facilitated whole-of-government efforts to provide housing, health care, education, employment, and other resources at scale for nearly 90,000 Afghan allies resettled in the United States.

Deputy Director David White
David E. White Jr.

An attorney by training, White joined the Biden-Harris Administration as Deputy Associate Counsel in PPO. He was previously a member of the Biden-Harris Transition Team and an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York City.

Deputy Director White began his career in public service as a cavalry officer in the U.S. Army. He served on active duty in a variety of domestic and overseas assignments, including as a Scout Platoon Leader in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012. After being wounded in combat, White served as second-in-command of the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point, where he coordinated care for other wounded, ill, and injured service members. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Action Badge. White is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. He clerked for Judge Paul J. Watford of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, White lives with his wife, Dana McKinney White, in Washington, D.C.

Meet our past directors

Learn more about the visionary leaders who have served as Peace Corps directors since its founding in 1961.

  • Shawn Bardwell, staff
    Shawn Bardwell
    Associate Director, Office of Safety and Security
  • Scott Beale, Associate Director, Office of Global Operations
    Scott Beale
    Associate Director, Office of Global Operations
  • Allison Blotzer, Acting Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
    Allison Blotzer
    Acting Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Jenn Brown, Associate Director, Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection
    Jenn Brown
    Associate Director, Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection
  • Julie Burns
    Senior Advisor, Office of the Director
  • tina cruz hubbard headshot
    Cristina Cruz Hubbard
    Senior Advisor, Office of the Director; Acting Chief Diversity Officer
  • Jackie Dinneen headshot
    Jackie Dinneen
    Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Akoua Enow, Acting Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resources
    Akoua Enow
    Acting Chief Human Capital Officer, Office of Human Resources
  • Joaquin Ferrao, staff
    Joaquin Ferrao
    Inspector General, Office of the Inspector General
  • Michelle Godette, Regional Director, Africa Region
    Michelle Godette
    Regional Director, Africa Region
  • Ruben Gonzales, Associate Director, Office of External Affairs
    Ruben Gonzales
    Associate Director, Office of External Affairs
  • Darlene Grant headshot
    Darlene Grant
    Senior Advisor, Office of the Director
  • Ruchi Jain headshot
    Ruchi Jain
    General Counsel
  • Mike McCabe, Regional Director, Inter-America and Pacific Region
    Mike McCabe
    Regional Director, Inter-America and Pacific Region
  • A man wearing a suit looks into the camera
    Paul Negley
    Acting Regional Director, Europe, Mediterranean and Asia Region
  • David ONeill headshot
    David O'Neill
    Acting Associate Director, Office of Health Services
  • Jennifer Piorkowski headshot
    Jennifer Piorkowski
    Executive Secretariat
  • Francisco Reinoso, Associate Director, Office of Management
    Francisco Reinoso
    Associate Director, Office of Management
  • Lauren Stephens, Chief of Staff
    Lauren Stephens
    Chief of Staff
  • Michael Terry III, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer
    Michael Terry III
    Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer