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. Read more about the past directors of the Peace Corps.
Initially established by President John F. Kennedy by Executive Order on March 1, 1961, the Peace Corps was formally authorized by the Congress on September 22, 1961, with passage of the Peace Corps Act.
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 House Committee on Foreign Affairs are charged with general oversight of the activities and programs of the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps' annual budget is determined each year by the congressional budget and appropriations process. Funding for the Peace Corps is included in the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill. Generally, the Peace Corps budget is about 1 percent of the foreign operations budget. The Peace Corps is continuously working to provide the highest quality support to Volunteers, particularly in the areas of health, safety, and security.
Meet the current Peace Corps' leadership team, who is driven by the same spirit and dedication to the Peace Corps' mission as our Volunteers.
Acting Director, Sheila Crowley
Sheila Crowley is the Acting Director of the Peace Corps. She previously held the position of Acting Associate Director of the Office of Volunteer Recruitment and Selection (VRS) and has been with the Peace Corps for nearly a decade. Sheila served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2001 to 2003 in Mukachevo, Ukraine and as Peace Corps Country Director, first in Romania and then in Indonesia, from 2010 to 2015. Sheila then moved to Washington, DC to become the Chief of Operations for VRS, the largest department at the Peace Corps, and shortly thereafter became its Acting Associate Director. Additionally, Sheila has more than ten years of professional experience in business and the financial services industry, working with McKinsey & Company, the Mitchell Madison Group, and JP Morgan Securities and five years of experience with Habitat for Humanity International as a Director in the Office for Volunteer Mobilization. Sheila holds a bachelor‘s degree in history and Russian studies from The Pennsylvania State University and a master‘s degree in information science from Drexel University, in Philadelphia.
Acting Deputy Director, Kathy Stroker
Kathy Stroker is the Acting Deputy Director. She previously served as the Peace Corps’ Acting General Counsel. Kathy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin and returned to the Peace Corps in April of 2016, after working for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as Deputy Assistant General Counsel. Prior to her time at USAID, Kathy practiced law in the private sector, defending domestic and international clients at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia and Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, DC. Kathy has also served as a foreign lecturer in law at the University of Paris and clerked for a federal judge. She has experience in the nonprofit sector and as a professional sailor. Kathy received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Acting Chief of Staff, Carl Sosebee
Senior Advisor Carl Sosebee has been delegated the authorities and responsibilities of the Chief of Staff of the Peace Corps pending our new leadership. With a strong commitment and dedication to the Peace Corps mission, Carl has served the agency since 2002, with the trust and confidence of each administration. Carl has worked at the Peace Corps as an Attorney Advisor, Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel, and since 2010, Senior Advisor to the Director. Carl has over 30 years of experience in the federal sector. In addition to his service at the Peace Corps, he has held positions at the Community Services Administration, the Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to his federal service, Carl was a private legal practitioner, handling criminal and civil cases in the District of Columbia. Carl graduated from the University of Maryland and holds a J.D. from Antioch School of Law.
Acting Associate Director of Global Operations, Kris Besch
Kris Besch is the Acting Associate Director of Global Operations and the Acting Regional Director for Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia Affairs at the Peace Corps. From 2002 to 2006 she served as Peace Corps Country Director in Kazakhstan. Kris has 25 years of strategy, program management, and organizational development experience in domestic and international environments. Previous positions include managing USAID and private-sector projects in the economic growth and governance sectors; leading an Arab microfinance network based in Egypt; business consulting for the high-tech and travel industries; working for the Organizing Committee for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games; import-export trading; and teaching at a high school for at-risk youth. Kris served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland teaching math, which to this day she considers the best job she has ever had. She has a master’s degree in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University.
Peace Corps posts around the world are managed in three regions overseen by the Office of Global Operations.
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