Harris Bostic Named To Head Peace Corps' Regional Office in San Francisco
July 20, 1998Washington, D.C., July 20, 1998—Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan has selected Harris Bostic II to be the agency's regional office manager in San Francisco. In his new position, Bostic, 35, will manage the recruitment of all volunteers in northern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. A native of Atlanta, Bostic was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa from 1988-1990.
"Harris' professional accomplishments following his volunteer service exemplify the finest traditions of talented Americans first drawn to public service through the Peace Corps," said Gearan. "He brings a wealth of experience to this challenging job and will provide excellent leadership to recruitment in one of Peace Corps' most bountiful regions."
Prior to his new post with the Peace Corps, Bostic worked with the management consulting firm of D.J. Miller and Associates in Atlanta. He also worked with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG). Bostic and his staff formed the liaison team for the athlete delegations from 53 African countries. This past May, he served as Chair of the Economic Development Committee of the Atlanta Town Hall Meeting on Africa, a forum to discuss American trade and foreign policies on Africa. He also has remained very close to the Peace Corps by serving as a spokesperson on his experiences as a volunteer throughout the country.
"I left a job with Paine Webber to join the Peace Corps as a business advisor in Guinea. I like to say that I went from Wall Street to no street," Bostic said. "Now, eight years have passed since I was a volunteer, and I am fortunate enough to continue my commitment to the Peace Corps by helping select the next generation of volunteers." Bostic says that one of his top priorities as regional manager will be to increase the number of minorities serving in the Peace Corps.
Bostic earned a master's degree in Urban Studies-Nonprofit Administration from Georgia State University in 1994 and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1985. He has previously been a national board member of both Habitat for Humanity and the National Peace Corps Association.