Carrie Hessler-Radelet is currently acting director of the Peace Corps after serving as its deputy director since 2010. She has spearheaded a comprehensive effort at the agency to improve efficacy and efficiency, and has implemented policies to improve the health and safety of its volunteers; reduce the risk of sexual assault and violent crime; and improve medical services, mental health, legal assistance, and post-service care for victims. She has also been instrumental in instituting agency programs to expand HIV education and prevention programs, and recruiting physicians and nurses to teach in developing countries. In addition, she has overseen an overhaul of volunteer enlistment and an increase in post-service public education activities. Four generations of her family have served in the Peace Corps.
Previously, Hessler-Radelet was vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of John Snow, Inc., where she oversaw the management of public health programs in more than 85 countries. She was also involved in the establishment of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, served as a Johns Hopkins fellow with USAID in Indonesia, was a board member of the National Peace Corps Association, and was on the steering committee for the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival. She founded The Gambia Special Olympics and has lived and worked in more than 50 countries.
Hessler-Radelet holds a master's degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor of arts in political science from Boston University. She and her husband have two grown children, Meghan and Sam.