– President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Dr. Josephine
(Jody) K. Olsen as Director of the Peace Corps. Currently, Dr. Olsen is visiting
professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and director
of the school’s Center for Global Education Initiatives.
confirmed, Dr. Olsen will return to the Peace Corps, where she served as Acting
Director in 2009, Deputy Director from 2002-2009, Chief of Staff from
1989-1992, Regional Director, North Africa Near East, Asia, Pacific from 1981-1984,
and Country Director in Togo from 1979-1981. Dr. Olsen also served as a Peace
Corps volunteer in Tunisia from 1966-1968.
Olsen served as senior vice president of the Academy for Educational
Development from 1997-2002 and executive director of the Council for
International Exchange of Scholars from 1997-2002.
Olsen received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s
degree in social work and a doctorate from the University of Maryland. A native
of Utah, Dr. Olsen currently lives in Maryland.