NPCA Representative's Report - October 2009
On August 24, Aaron Williams, who was a member of the NPCA board was
sworn-in as Peace Corps Director. Aaron was a volunteer in the
Dominican Republic (67-70) and has extensive experience in
international development. See:
During the October 5th board meeting, Chuck Ludham resigned as the
Asia/Pacific representative on the NPCA board. This is an elective
position (ie not board-elected) so Chuck’s position will be up for
election in the spring.
The NPCA board-elected seat vacated by Aaron Williams was filled by
Susan Solomon (RPCV Sierra Leone)
The NPCA hired a new Development Director, Khalsa Jacobs, who will
work closely with the NPCA’s Business and Development Committee in
fundraising strategies for the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary in 2011.
The number of affiliated member groups is now 137.
The NPCA is in discussion with Peace Corps to convert WorldView into
a digital publication for PCVs. (It is as yet undecided if a hard
copy of the magazine will be published for the rest of its
The Peace Corps Connect website continues to grow with over 16,000
The Africa Rural Connect collaborative website was launched in July
and has nearly 4,000 profiles.
Budget-wise, the NPCA remains on stable ground. Income is down, but
so are expenses.
The More Peace Corps campaign is seeking input from all members of
the Peace Corps community (applicants, PCVs, family of PCVs, RPCVs,
staff) on how to best improve and embolden the Peace Corps to meet
the challenges of the 21st century. The results of a survey taken
between October 9th and 22nd, will help determine the direction of
the More Peace Corps campaign.
Joe Hindman - NPCA Western Rep