July 14, 2003 - NPCA: Kevin Quigley Named new NPCA President

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Kevin Quigley Named new NPCA President

Read and comment on this announcement from the NPCA web site of their new President, Kevin F. F. Quigley, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Thailand from 1976 to 1979. Congratulations to him and to the NPCA for selecting a candidate who has experience in NGO fund raising and management, in the legislative and executive branches of government, and in education and advocacy to provide the next generation of leadership to the RPCV community. We wish him the best and look forward to hearing him talk about his vision for the NPCA when he takes office at the President's Forum, Annual General Meeting, and summer meeting of the Board of Directors in Portland, Oregon on August 1-3. Read the announcement from the NPCA then read the additional reference material we have put together at:

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Kevin Quigley Named NPCA President

Kevin F. F. Quigley was named president of the National Peace Corps Association on Monday, July 14. Quigley succeeds Dane Smith, a former Foreign Service Officer and U.S. ambassador who has served in the position for the past four years. Quigley has more than 20 years of experience working in the not-for-profit community for such organizations as the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Asia Society, and he most recently served as executive director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities. He has written for many publications and appeared on various network television programs to discuss civil society and other international issues. A Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand from 1976 to 1979, Quigley takes office as NPCA president at the organizationís annual general meeting and the summer meeting of the board of directors on Aug. 1-3 in Portland, Oregon.

"Given recent events in the world, the 25th anniversary of NPCA and the upcoming 50th anniversary of Peace Corps, there could not be a more opportune time for an organization like NPCA," said Quigley. "I am honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the NPCA in its mission to lead the Peace Corps community to foster peace by working together in service, education and advocacy."

Quigley brings to the association leadership experience in financial management, strategic planning, membership development, fundraising, and human resources development skills in both the public and non-profit sectors and has served on a number of boards of directors. He is ably suited to lead this national network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, former staff and friends of the Peace Corps through a period of sustained growth as a leader for active citizen engagement in world affairs.

Quigley was the first executive director of the Baltimore-based Global Alliance for Workers and Communities in 1999 and in three years raised $6 million and directed research among 45 Asian factories to establish outreach programs to improve the lives of workers in five Asian countries. As the Asia Societyís vice president for programs from 1997 to 1999 he secured a $2 million foundation endowment and generated another $2 million in annual revenues for the societyís programs and publications. During six years as the director of public policy for the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, Quigley directed efforts providing financial support for the development of educational institutions and non-government organizations in countries making the transition to open societies, providing more than $10 million annually in grants. He served two years as legislative director to Senator John Heinz and from 1981 to 1986 held oversight responsibilities in the Office of Management and Budget for U.S. foreign assistance agencies, including the Peace Corps.

Quigley is a graduate of Swarthmore College, University College Dublin and Columbia University and received a doctorate in comparative government from Georgetown University. Among his many honors, Quigley has served as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow, a U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow, a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars and a resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
More about Kevin Quigley

Read more about Kevin Quigley at the The Institute for Sustainable Communities web site where he is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors:

Kevin F. F. Quigley, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Kevin F. F. Quigley, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Kevin Quigley is the principal of Q&A: Quigley & Associates, a consulting firm working with not-for-profit organizations on strategic planning, program development, evaluation, and resource mobilization issues.

Prior to this, Dr. Quigley was the executive director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, an organization providing workers in global manufacturing with ways to improve their lives, workplaces, and communities.

Before joining the Global Alliance, Dr. Quigley was vice president of Policy and Business Programs with the Asia Society, guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and director of public policy for The Pew Charitable Trusts.

He has also served in staff positions in the Executive Office of the President and the U.S. Senate, as well as a Peace Corps volunteer.

He previously served on the ISC board from 1995-98. Dr. Quigley has authored numerous publications on civil society and other international issues. He has degrees from Swarthmore College, University College Dublin, Columbia University, and Georgetown University.

More about Kevin Quigley

Read more about Kevin Quigley from the Asian Social Issues Program web site:

Kevin F. F. Quigley

Kevin F.F. Quigley is currently acting CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation where, among other things, he is working to set up a social investment fund providing rehabilative services in post-conflict situations.

He was formerly the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities, an initiative working primarily in Asia involving public, private and non-profit institutions working through a participatory and transparent process to provide workers engaged in global manufacturing ways to improve their lives, workplaces, and communities.

Before joining the Global Alliance, he was Vice President of Policy and Business Programs at the Asia Society. He has held positions in the U.S. government at the Office of Management Budget, in the U.S. Senate and as Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Aid.

In addition, he has worked at a variety of research institutions: Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and as a U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow at the Keidanren in Tokyo. He is currently adjunct professor at the School of International Service at American University.

He has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University, a Masters in Anglo-Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland, and a Bachelors in Literature, History and Religion from Swarthmore College. Dr. Quigley is a frequent commentator on political and social events in Asia and the author of For Democracy's Sake and more than 30 book chapters, monographs and articles.

Read about Kevin Quigley's book: For Democracy's Sake

Read more about Kevin Quigley's book, For Democracy's Sake, about NGO's democracy assistance programs in Central Europe in the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall at:

For Democracy's Sake

Assisting democracy has become a major concern of the international community since the end of the cold war. Not only governments, but private actors, foundations and other non-governmental organizations are playing a growing role in these efforts, rivaling that of governments and international institutions.

This pathbreaking study examines foundations' democracy assistance programs in Central Europe in the years immediately following the fall of the Berlin Wall, both measuring their size and evaluating their strategies. For Democracy's Sake assesses such efforts in post-cold war Central Europe through extensive field research, a rare series of workshops in which Central Europeans knowledgeable about democracy efforts participated, and the author's own experience as a foundation executive.

The book includes chapters concentrating on foundations' efforts in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, a chapter on regional initiatives, and a chapter on the philanthropy of George Soros. This timely volume offers broadly applicable lessons regarding the most effective strategies, approaches, and techniques for helping others develop their own versions of democracy."Quigley presents a vast amount of new information, based on a comprehensive, sophisticated research effort.

This material will be of great utility to persons interested in Eastern Europe, and the book will certainly become the standard work on the role of private foundations in the former communist states."Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, author of Assessing Democracy Assistance: The Case of Romania

Read an excerpt from Kevin Quigley's paper on Think Tanks

While a Guest Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C, Kevin Quigley wrote an article in 1995 about Think Tanks in Eastern Europe pointing out challenges facing them. Some of these same challenges may also apply to NGO's located in the United States. Read this short excerpt from his paper from the National Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA). The entire paper is available at:

The Beginnings of Public Debate: Think Tanks in Eastern Europe

All of Eastern Europe's new think tanks are affected by a variety of factors that impose significant constraints on their future development. These include political, legal, personnel, administrative, and, perhaps most important, financial challenges. Leaders of some Eastern European countries, such as Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar in Slovakia, do not seem especially enamored of free speech and open debate about public policy. Consequently, many of these new think tanks are planted in soil that may, at least temporarily, be inimical to their basic mission.

Another cloud is that some think tanks function in ambiguous legal circumstances. In the Czech Republic they operate under the status of a "foundation," since there is no clear legal status for nonprofit research organizations. Given Prime Minister Klaus's aversion to privileging private interest over public good, a satisfactory remedy to this legal ambiguity is unlikely anytime soon.

Personnel issues are another major obstacle to the future development of Eastern Europe's new think tanks. Given the competitive pressures in the marketplace, salaries of think tank researchers lag significantly behind the private sector. Researchers, especially with foreign language and economic skills, can obtain far higher salaries in the private sector. Thus, many of the most qualified and competent research staff forsake think tanks for private employment. Those who remain often must hold down other jobs to support themselves. Both the leadership and the researchers spread themselves too thin; this is a dilemma confronting almost all think tanks in Eastern Europe.

Another challenge relates to the administration of these new think tanks and the manner in which they disseminate their results. Many of the newly created think tanks, such as the Center for Market Reforms and CASE, rely on the energy and vision of a single, over@committed individual, someone who is often engaged in a wide range of activities. Consequently, this person may be unable to devote the necessary time and energy required for institutional development. Think tank leadership requires a rare combination of entrepreneurial skill, substantive skill, political savvy, and human resource management finesse. This is a difficult enough challenge for a leader who has no other commitments; it is impossible if the top people are engaged in many other projects.

A related challenge for these think tanks is how to develop the skills and techniques to market their ideas and research products more successfully to a broader public, and move beyond the elites by effectively widening the circle of participants in the policymaking process. Meeting this challenge of extending public debate is especially critical in the post-Communist countries of Eastern Europe because they have had no tradition of public debate for at least forty years. Government, which is often more interested in its longevity, is unlikely to encourage this process. Without broader and greater public debate about public policy choices, however, it is unlikely that democracy in Eastern Europe will succeed.

Despite this range of challenges, perhaps the major challenge facing think tanks is a financial one. The key question is how to develop new funding sources, and, in particular, how to diversify their funding away from a small set of funders, whether they be government or external foundations. Think tanks dealing with financial and economic matters are better positioned than others. They have the possibility of securing some independent funding from successful enterprises and financial institutions. Funding of social policy research is much less secure. However, locating independent sources of funding is essential, for without a secure and diversified funding base it is unlikely that think tanks can be truly independent. If a think tank remains dependent on government funding, it is too easy for a critical voice to be stifled.

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By bankass.com on Saturday, July 19, 2003 - 4:07 pm: Edit Post

Let's start off with some straight talk. When are you going to fund Separated Peace Corps Veterans with an attorney?

When are you going to make the priority the third goal and Peace Corps Health, Safety, and Attrition rates as the NPCA's agenda?

I get the feeling we aren't even on the chart.

Again, you will hear of us in the Congress as Dane Smith did every week or two days. If you don't help us, we will help ourselves.

Show us you are really qualified with guts to stick up to the Peace Corps Admin and make the changes we really need Kevin. Tom Tighe would probably have helped us. So there is a challenge to you. Go for it.

We will see you soon.


By joey on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 12:47 pm: Edit Post

Congratulations to NPCA and Kevin Quigley. What tremendous accomplishments represented by all the candidates for the presidency of NPCA! Now, I have a request which I make with respect and seriousness. Since Thomas Tighe is not going to be an officer of NPCA, would he consider running for Governer of California?

By Joanne Marie Roll (joey) on Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 12:53 pm: Edit Post

Congratulations to Kevin Quigley and the NPCA! What tremendous accomplishments all the candidates for the NPCA presidency presented. Now, I would like to make a request - with respect and in all seriousness. Since Thomas Tighe is not going to be NPCA President, would he consider running for Governor of California?

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