Mark L. Schneider Named Director of the Peace Corps

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El Salvador RPCV Mark L. Schneider Named Director of the Peace Corps

El Salvador RPCV Mark L. Schneider Named Director of the Peace Corps

Mark L. Schneider Named Director of the Peace Corps

Schneider, a Former Peace Corps Volunteer, is 15th Leader of the Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 23, 1999-President Clinton today named Mark L. Schneider as Director of the Peace Corps in a recess appointment, making him the agency's 15th Director. Schneider, 57, the second returned Peace Corps volunteer to head the agency, has joined the Peace Corps at a time when it is more popular than at any time in a generation.

"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."

Schneider leaves his position as the assistant administrator of the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He served in that position since November 1993, directing U.S. foreign assistance programs in this hemisphere, supporting democracy, social and economic development and environmental protection.

Prior to his work at USAID, Schneider served as chief of the Office of Analysis and Strategic Planning and as senior policy adviser to the director at the Pan American Health Organization. In addition, he served as senior deputy assistant secretary for human rights at the Department of State from 1977 to 1979.

He was the recipient of the Bernardo O'Higgins Medal for human rights work from the Government of Chile, of a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellowship at Reed College, and of the Congressional Fellowship of the American Political Science Association.

"The opportunity to follow so many distinguished men and women who preceded me as Peace Corps Director also carries a certain degree of humility. From the Honorable R. Sargent Shriver to Loret Ruppe and Senator Paul Coverdell to Carol Bellamy and my immediate predecessor, Mark Gearan, there is an enormous legacy to which I pledge to contribute to the best of my ability," Schneider said.

Schneider's wife Susan also served with him as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. They have two children. Their son Aaron is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California-Berkeley, and their daughter Miriam is a junior at Duke University. A fluent Spanish speaker, Schneider received his bachelor's degree from the University of California-Berkeley and his master's degree from San Jose State University.

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By Susan A. Redding ( on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 1:02 pm: Edit Post

There is an article in the Boston Globe 6/23/05 about Haiti and how pretty much the population needs to be strong-armed into submission by the UN and the US. When is the Peace Corps and every other organization going to realize is that when people are starving, chaos is created.This happens in every corner of the world, for it is human nature.Why not take the billions spent on security and help them develop their economy with their own natural resources?They have copper, gold, calcium carbonate, marble and hydropower, their own natural resources that can be used to create jobs for these people.Why can't you see these people deserve the opportunity to feed their families, and we could help them do this by using what they already have. If the Peace Corps was less political and cared more about the malnutrition and disease, you would have already drawn these conclusions.You are funded with American tax dollars, you were created to stop the suffering of the poverty stricken, please consider serious development as opposed to more war.
Susan A. Redding
Broomall, PA

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