In September 2012, Carrie Hessler-Radelet became acting director of the Peace Corps, where she had served as deputy director since 2010. Prior to assuming that role, she was vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of John Snow Inc., a global public health organization, where she oversaw the management of public health programs in more than 85 countries.
Early in her career, Hessler-Radelet served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Western Samoa with her husband, Steve Radelet. There, she taught high school and helped design a national public awareness campaign on disaster preparedness. Upon completing service abroad, she served as a public affairs specialist in the Peace Corps/New England recruiting office (1984-86). Before returning to the Peace Corps in 2010, she worked in the field of public health for two decades, specializing in HIV/AIDS and maternal and child health.
Hessler-Radelet was actively involved in the establishment of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and its first strategic plan. In addition, she was a Johns Hopkins Fellow with USAID in Indonesia, where she assisted the Indonesian government in developing and implementing its first national AIDS strategy. She also founded the Special Olympics in The Gambia.
Hessler-Radelet served as a board member of the National Peace Corps Association and on the steering committee for the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival. She holds a master's degree in health policy and management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in political science from Boston University. Since the 1960s, four generations of her family have served as Peace Corps volunteers. She and her husband have two grown children, Meghan and Sam.