President Signals Intent to Nominate Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps Director

July 25, 2001

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2001—President George W. Bush announced today his intention to nominate Gaddi H. Vasquez of Orange, California, as Director of the Peace Corps. Mr. Vasquez is currently Division Vice President of Public Affairs of the Southern California Edison Company.

Mr. Vasquez has been named six times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business Magazine and was given the Award for Outstanding Leadership from the California State Assembly. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands and has completed Executive Studies programs at both Stanford University and Harvard University.

From 1987 to 1995, Vasquez was County Supervisor of Orange County, California, and from 1985 to 1987, he served in the California Governor’s Office, first serving as the Hispanic Liaison and then as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary. Mr. Vasquez was appointed to the Commission on White House Fellowships and the United States Quincentenary Commission by former President Bush.

Mr. Vasquez received multiple appointments in the State of California by Governors Gray Davis, Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. A former police officer in Riverside, California, he continues to serve as a City of Orange Reserve Police Officer and serves on numerous community boards including the Latino Children’s Fund and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

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