Samoa

Director's Welcome

Gini Wilderson - Country Director
Gini Wilderson, Country Director for Peace Corps Samoa

Gini became Country Director in Samoa in March 2018. Shas 17 years of international development experience including four years as Director of Programming & Training for Peace Corps Jamaica (where she received a Meritorious Honor Award for initiation and implementation of a “Site Based Training Model”); four years as the Global Program & Training Specialist/Information and Communication Technologies for the Peace Corps Center for Field Assistance & Applied Research; two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Lesotho: 1995-97); five years as Director of Training for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC); and two years with the Academy for Educational Development (AED)/FHI360, an international development consulting firm. Gini established the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program which was recognized by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as a federal government-wide best practice. More recently, Gini served as a Leadership & Career Development Specialist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency where she established the agency’s Career Development Center, launched an agency-wide mentoring program in collaboration with OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and created a “Women in Leadership” program. Gini also served as the Chief of Field Training with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Gini holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Ohio University and a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Penn State. She is a Certified Online Instructor through Walden University. She is certified to administer the Strong Interest Inventory® career assessment; is a Certified Career Power® instructor; and is Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Bronze Level certified.

Gini is accompanied at post by her 14-year-old daughter, Ava.