List of Peace Corps volunteers

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Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) march with flags of their Countries of Service at the National Convention in Chicago, August 2004.
RPCVs march with flags of their Countries of Service at National Convention for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers in Chicago in August 2004

This is a list of notable persons who have been members of the United States Peace Corps, along with their terms of service.

Business and industry[edit]

  • Bob Beckel, political analyst, Bob Beckel & Associates (Philippines 1971-72)
  • Patricia Cloherty, Chairman and CEO, Delta Private Equity Partners, former Chairman of The U.S. Russia Investment Fund (Brazil 1963-65)
  • Reed Hastings, founder and CEO of Netflix (Swaziland 1983-85)
  • Michael McCaskey, chairman of the board, Chicago Bears (Ethiopia 1965-67)
  • Ann and Michael Moore, former CEO and chairman of Snugli Co. and Airlift Company (Togo 1962-64)

Arts and literature[edit]


Medical, non-profit and development[edit]

  • Carol Bellamy, former Peace Corps Director, former head of UNESCO, president of World Learning (Guatemala 1963-1965)
  • Lillian Carter nurse, mother of President Jimmy Carter (India 1966-68)
  • Ina May Gaskin, Certified Professional Midwife, author, known as the "Mother of Modern Midwifery" (Malaysia 1963-65)
  • Ken Hackett, president, Catholic Relief Services (Ghana 1968-1971)
  • Charles Snead Houston, high-altitude medical researcher and mountaineer (first Country Director, India 1962-65)
  • Mary Kim Joh (Liberia 1977-78)[1]
  • Mark Schneider, former Peace Corps Director, senior vice president of International Crisis Group (El Salvador 1966-68)


  • Sheila Crowley, Acting Director of the Peace Corps
  • Christopher Dodd, Former U.S. Senator, Connecticut (Dominican Republic 1966-68)
  • Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin and wife Jessica Doyle (Tunisia 1967-69)
  • Steve Driehaus, U.S. Representative from Ohio (Senegal 1988-1990)
  • Sam Farr, U.S. Representative from California (Colombia 1964-66)
  • John Garamendi, State of California Insurance Commissioner, US Congressman from California (Ethiopia 1966-68)
  • Tony P. Hall, Former US Congressman from Ohio, Former Ambassador to the FAO (Thailand 1966-67)
  • Joseph P. Kennedy III, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (Dominican Republic 2004-2006)
  • Timothy Kraft, retired political consultant; campaign manager in 1980 for U.S. President Jimmy Carter (Guatemala 1963-64)
  • Thomas Murphy, Jr., mayor of the City of Pittsburgh, PA (Paraguay 1970-72)
  • Thomas Petri, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin (Somalia 1966-67)
  • Michael A. Rice, Rhode Island State Representative (Philippines 1981-85)
  • Donna Shalala, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (Iran 1962-64)
  • Christopher Shays, former U.S. Representative from Connecticut (Fiji 1968-70)
  • Bob Taft, served as governor of Ohio from 1999 to 2007. (Tanzania 1963-65)
  • Ron Tschetter, former Peace Corps Director (India 1966-68)
  • Paul Tsongas Former US Senator, candidate for President in 1992 (Ethiopia 1962-64)
  • James Walsh, former U.S. Representative from New York (Nepal 1970-72)
  • Mike Ward, former U.S. Representative from Kentucky (The Gamiba 1978-79)
  • Aaron S. Williams, former Peace Corps Director, (Dominican Republic, 1967–70)


  • Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University (Benin 1969-71)
  • Allan Gibbard, Richard B. Brandt Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan (Ghana 1963-65)
  • Clark Gibson, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego (Nepal)
  • William G. Moseley, Professor of Geography, Macalester College (Mali 1987-89)
  • Joseph Opala, Historian at James Madison University, studied the "Sierra Leone-Gullah Connection" (Sierra Leone 1974-77)
  • Michael A. Rice, professor, University of Rhode Island (Philippines 1981-1985)
  • Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami, former Secretary of Health and Human Services (Iran 1962-64)
  • Michael J. Snarskis, Archaeologist, University of Costa Rica (UCR, Discoverer of Guardiria - the first area of human occupation in Costa Rica[2] (Costa Rica 1967 - 1969)

Foreign service[edit]

  • Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state, East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Cameroon 1974-76)
  • Vicki Huddleston, ambassador to Mali and Madagascar, Charge de affaires to Haiti and Ethiopia, and Principal Officer to the US Interests Section in Havana (Peru 1964-66)
  • Darryl N. Johnson, ambassador to Thailand (Thailand 1962-65)
  • Kathleen Stephens, ambassador to South Korea (South Korea, 1975–77)

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