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Wikipedia Biography of Peace Corps Director Mark Schneider by Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens

Wikipedia Biography of Peace Corps Director Mark Schneider by Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens

Mark Schneider, Senior Vice President of the International Crisis Group in Washington, was the second Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (El Salvador, 1966–68) to head the agency.

Wikipedia Biography of Peace Corps Director Mark Schneider by Peru RPCV Hugh Pickens

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Mark Schneider

Mark L. Schneider served as the 15th director of Peace Corps (1999-2001).

* 1 Education and Peace Corps Service
* 2 Government Service
* 3 Peace Corps Director
* 4 International Crisis Group
* 5 External links

[edit] Education and Peace Corps Service

Schneider grew up in Antioch where he attended Antioch High School and was class salutatorian. [1]

Schneider graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1963 majoring in journalism.[2]

Schneider joined the Peace Corps and served in El Salvador with his wife, Susan, then married for one year, where they helped build a bridge across a ravine and introduced a school milk program. As Peace Corps Director Schneider revisited his old site on an official visit to El Salvador in March, 1999. The bridge Schneider helped build is still standing and has been named after him. [3]

Schneider called his Peace Corps service "the most illuminating, rewarding and exhausting period of my life. I saw the constant struggle to survive in the developing world -- children without enough to eat, mothers without access to health care, fathers unable to find work to earn the income to care for their families." [4]

Returning from the Peace Corps, Schneider earned a Master's degree in political science from San Jose State.[5]

[edit] Government Service

During the Carter Administration Schneider served as a senior policy adviser to the director of the Pan American Health Organization then senior deputy assistant secretary for human rights at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979.[6]

During the Clinton Administration Schneider was appointed assistant administrator for Latin America at the U.S. Agency for International Development in November 1993 directing U.S. foreign assistance programs in this hemisphere, supporting democracy, social and economic development and environmental protection.[7]

[edit] Peace Corps Director

President Clinton named Schneider as Director of the Peace Corps in a recess appointment on December 23, 1999. "I want to express my gratitude and sincerest appreciation to President Clinton for the trust he has shown in appointing me to be the Director of the Peace Corps," Schneider said. "As a former Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador from 1966-68, this appointment constitutes the highest honor I can imagine receiving." [8]

Schneider was the second returned Volunteer (El Salvador, 1966–68) to head the agency and the first practicing Jew to head the agency. Schneider credits his parents and their Jewish values with motivating him to join the Peace Corps. "I actually do think that the ethics and values that come out of my religious background are reflected in what the Peace Corps does and what the Peace Corps is," Schneider said. [9]

Schneider launched an initiative at a Peace Corps Day ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Library on March 7, 1999 to increase Volunteers' participation in helping prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and also sought Volunteers to work on information technology projects to enhance development of overseas communities. “This technology will, in my view, simply give volunteers the green light to innovate, in bridging the digital divide, while remaining true to the core mission that President Kennedy set out for the Peace Corps – to help the people of the developing world help themselves." Schneider said. [10]

[edit] International Crisis Group

Schneider is a senior vice-president of the International Crisis Group. In this role he has testified before Congress and written op-ed pieces for the Washington Times, Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune on the political situation in Afghanistan, Haiti, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Pakistan.

On July 25, 2007 Schneider testified before Senator Chris Dodd's Senate Subcommittee in support of the Peace Corps Volunteer Empowerment Act and said he was convinced the new legislation contained three critical elements that would enable the Peace Corps to double in size to 15,000 Volunteers by the time it celebrates its 50th anniversary on 1 March 2011. "Those elements are first, authorizing the necessary funds; second, empowering Volunteers which will mean better management, improved programming and site selection, safer and more satisfied Volunteers and third, removal of financial, medical, and bureaucratic obstacles to recruiting senior Volunteers," said Schneider. [11]

In an Op-ed piece in the August 15, 2007 issue of the Boston Globe, "Getting answers on Pakistan," Schneider argued that time is running out on the military dictatorship in Pakistan and that the United States can either support a return to democracy or sit on the sidelines and watch Pakistan slide in chaos. "If Bhutto and Sharif are not allowed to participate in October's election, their mainstream moderate parties will be further alienated, leaving the political field open to Islamist forces," said Schneider. [12]
Preceded by
Mark D. Gearan Director of the Peace Corps
1999–2001 Succeeded by
Gaddi Vasquez

[edit] External links

* Peace Corps Online bio
* International Crisis Group bio

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