Peace Corps Chief Compliance Officer Reaches Out to Latina Leaders

September 18, 2002

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 18, 2002-As part of Peace Corps’ celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Chief Compliance Officer, Susana Duarte, participated in a panel discussing the role of women and politics in Washington, D.C. today. Duarte was one of three panelists participating in the Latina Action Day Conference prepared by Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), which runs from September 15-18, 2002.

HOPE’s Latina Action Day Conference is a yearly event organized in Washington, D.C., to bring together Latinas from across the country to meet and advocate for Latino issues. HOPE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. They are committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women. For more information about HOPE, see their Web page located at www.latinas.org.

Duarte, a corporate relations manager with extensive private sector experience in managing regional offices and executing strategic outreach programs, was appointed as the Chief Compliance Officer when the position was created in order to meet safety and security procedures. As Chief Compliance Officer, Duarte is responsible for tracking compliance and providing oversight in the areas of Safety and Security, Inspector General audits, program and training reviews.

Prior to the Peace Corps, Duarte worked as the Assistant Director for Regional Operations Directorate for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At FEMA, Duarte reported to FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh, and served as the focal point for coordinating policy and programs affecting the agency's 10 regional offices. Prior to her work at FEMA, Duarte served in the private sector where she was involved with strengthening relations with minority communities, as well as creating and implementing outreach and advertising programs.

Since 1961, more than 165,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in such diverse fields as education, health and HIV/AIDS, information technology, business development, the environment, and agriculture. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a two-year commitment.

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