North Central College - Naperville, IL

Trustee directs Global Operations for Peace Corps

 North Central College alumna and Board of Trustee member, Esther Benjamin ’90, has been named associate director for Global Operations for the U.S. Peace Corps. She is responsible for managing all Peace Corps programs worldwide, which are located in more than 70 countries. All Peace Corps offices in those countries report to five regional directors, all of whom report to her. She reports to the U.S. Peace Corps director, Aaron Williams, who reports directly to President Barack Obama.

Benjamin most recently was executive director for Resource Development at International Partnership for Microbicides. Previously, she served as vice president for business development at the International Youth Foundation, where she focused on developing strategic partnerships and programs to support children and youth initiatives around the world. During the 1993 to 1994 humanitarian crisis in Somalia, Benjamin was appointed United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer, the youngest person appointed in this position, and in 1999 President Bill Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow.

While at North Central College, Benjamin acquired leadership skills through Student Government Association, Model U.N., community service and Growing Edge, a campus ministry leadership development team that led youth retreats and other leadership programs. She was also a College Scholar and double-majored in English and political science.

Annual Report 2009