Jody Olsen was nominated by President George Bush, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 25, 2002 and will soon be sworn in as the deputy director of the Peace Corps. She came to the Peace Corps from the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C. Previously, Jody was the executive director of the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the organization responsible for managing the Fulbright Scholar program.
For six years Olsen served at the Peace Corps in a variety of positions. In 1989 she moved to SPM where for several years she worked as chief of staff for directors Paul Coverdell and Elaine Chao and regional director for North Africa, Near East, Asia and the Pacific. Jody also served as country director in Togo. From 1966 to 1968 she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia.
Olsen is a graduate of the University of Utah and received her masters and doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Maryland.