Kelsi Ward published How does PC coordinate with other U.S. govt agencies to leverage resources and expand impact? in Ask Peace Corps 2014-10-13 15:36:59 -0400
Although I think it is important to maintain the autonomy of Peace Corps, I think there are significant opportunities for Peace Corps to coordinate with other agencies (i.e. State/ USAID) to help expose emerging leaders from rural communities to the embassy network and engage PCVs in nominating/introducing non-traditional participants in new activities (i.e. ECA exchange programs, YALI, etc.) I know there are existing partnerships and collaborations but I'd love to hear more and how this may move forward in the future.
Kelsi Ward served in Peace Corps Peru as a Youth Development volunteer from 2010-2012, where she collaborated with local counterparts to develop programs in preventative health, education, and community engagement targeted at underserved youth and families in a rural community in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Northern Peru.
She now works at the U.S. Department of State in the Cultural Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, where she supports U.S. public diplomacy through international arts-based exchanges. Kelsi spent her youth in the Christmas City of Bethlehem, PA and traveled south to College of Charleston before traveling to Peru and moving to DC. She enjoys new adventures, cooking and eating eclectic foods, sunny days outdoors, and good company.
Previous Board Positions: Secretary, '13-'14