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    • May 12, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom


    U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series
    Part IV

    Peace Corps Return to its Global Presence


    Kate Raftery
    Expert Consultant, Peace Corps

    Wednesday, May 12
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    A year after its global evacuation, Peace Corps plans for a return to countries around the world as conditions allow. What will that post COVID-19 presence look like for Peace Corps?

    Kate Raftery currently serves as an expert consultant in the Office of the Director. Prior to that she was the Director for Service Innovation at Peace Corps. Kate has been the Peace Corps Country Director in Paraguay, Peru, Eastern Caribbean and Honduras. Among the other roles she has held at Peace Corps include the Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Response Program Team Lead and Chief of Operations in the InterAmerica and Pacific region. Kate served as the Director of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). NCCC engages 2,800 young people 18-24 years of age in a 10 month national service experience. She also served as the Vice President for Learning and Citizenship at the International Youth Foundation where she worked with young people across the globe to increase their participation in political dialogue and community service. Kate began her journey with Peace Corps and international development and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay in the early ‘70s.

    • June 10, 2021
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)


    U.S. Soft Power in Foreign Policy Series
    Part V

    Iraq: Iron Hand, Velvet Glove, Glass House - Employing Soft Power in Hard Places 


    Col. Christopher Conlin
    United States Marine Corps (Ret.)

    Thursday, June 10
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82752864440?pwd=QzVSSlZHQ0tTYzNONlJVSWZjdzZiZz09

    As a government executive and retired United States Marine, Col. Conlin brings the unique experiences of forty years of service to our nation including operations in many of the world’s most hostile environments. He has led multiple large organizations as challenging as front-line combat battalions and as complex as the Iraqi Province of Najaf.

    Col. Conlin was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1981 following his graduation from the University of Rochester (New York). He subsequently was on active duty leading a variety of operational and training commands from 40-man rifle platoons to combat battalions of over 1,500 personnel. He retired after 30 years of continuous service with the rank of Colonel.

    Career highlights include: leading an infantry company of 200 Marines during the liberation of Kuwait, serving as the commander of a combined Marine and SEAL Special Operations Unit during operations in the Mideast, and leading a Battalion Task Force during the liberation of Iraq. He also served as the Provisional Governor of Najaf Province in Iraq, the equivalent in population and area of New Hampshire. As a senior officer, Col. Conlin developed policies and venues for federal level departments and international level interagency collaboration in crisis response.

    He currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for Public Safety in Sacramento, California where he provides executive oversight of the Police and Fire Departments, Office of Community Response, Office of Emergency Management, and the Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment Department (YPCE). Previously, he was the City’s Interim Fire Chief and the Director of Parks and Recreation. Prior to joining the City of Sacramento, he served an appointment from Governor Jerry Brown as a Deputy Director (Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation and Boating & Waterways) in the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

    He is a subject matter expert in mission-focused leadership, complex team/coalition building, strategic management, operational decision making, standards-based training, and crisis management. His major media appearances include: CBS’ “60 Minutes”, CNN, NBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera news programs, as well as MSNBC talk shows, History Channel documentaries, and multiple national newspapers.

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