August 29, 2012
After three years of leading the agency, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams announced that he will be stepping down. The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, D.C. (RPCV/W) would like to thank Director Williams for his loyal service to our nation and his friendship with our organization.
Director Williams undertook leading the agency during a time of dramatic political changes. Shortly after becoming Director, he was able to obtain the largest funding in the agency’s history. Then, the outcome of the 2010 midterm elections resulted in the enforcement of budget austerity. Congressional oversight and media coverage was also heightened due to safety and security incidents, some of which preceded him.
Yet, despite these hurdles, Director Williams managed to help the agency thrive by implementing changes to ensure the safety of volunteers and by opening programs in Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Colombia, Tunisia and Nepal. Furthermore, under his tenure, Peace Corps and RPCV/W worked closely together on a number of initiatives, including our Professional Development Initiative and speed networking events, Peace Corps Community Town Halls, and a historic public commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. Director Williams strengthened the Peace Corps family, and for that, we thank him.
Chris Austin, Kenya 03-05
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC