9/6 - Press Release



Peace Corps Director Olsen to Serve as Honorary Chairperson
of the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign


jody olsenWASHINGTON, September 6, 2018 – The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the annual workplace giving opportunity for Federal employees, today announced that Dr. Josephine (Jody) Olsen, PhD, MSW, Director of the Peace Corps, will serve as the 2018 national Honorary Chairperson. Jody will represent Federal employees in the CFC.  

“It is a tremendous honor to be asked to serve as the Honorary Chairperson for this year’s CFC,” Jody said. “I’ve seen firsthand how hardworking, dedicated, and committed to public service our Federal employees are and have seen the results of their giving in the lives of others. I look forward to participating in the upcoming campaign, and I pledge to do everything in my power to encourage Federal employees to continue their long, successful tradition of giving through the CFC.”

Jody will be serving a fundraising program that has undergone significant developments over the last two years.  New CFC regulations which took effect in 2017 include the following:

  • A central giving website for all potential CFC contributors across the nation, providing Federal employees better access to their pledge information, charity payments, and more (www.opm.gov/showsomelovecfc).
  • In addition to pledging money, Federal employees can pledge volunteer service hours to participating nonprofit organizations.
  • Federal annuitants and military retirees may be solicited to participate in the campaign through an allotment from their Federal annuity retirement payments.
  • All CFCs around the country will use the same theme, Show Some Love, creating a unified look and feel and helping to streamline campaign marketing efforts.

The 20th Director of the Peace Corps, Jody began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Tunisia from 1966-1968. She has since served the agency in multiple leadership positions—as Acting Director in 2009; Deputy Director from 2002-2009; Chief of Staff from 1989-1992; Regional Director, North Africa, Near East, Asia, Pacific from 1981- 1984; and Country Director in Togo from 1979-1981. 

Prior to returning to the Peace Corps in 2018, she served as Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work and Director of the University’s Center for Global Education Initiatives. She also oversaw health research projects in Malawi while teaching courses on international social work, global social policy, and global women and children’s health. 

Throughout her career, Jody has championed the expansion of service, learning and international opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds.

The 2018 campaign officially kicks off on September 10, 2018, and will run through Jan. 11, 2019. Visit opm.gov/ShowSomeLoveCFC to learn more.


About the Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a 57-year federal workplace giving tradition that has raised more than $8.3 billion for charitable organizations. The CFC is one of the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaigns, with 36 CFC zones throughout the country and overseas raising millions of dollars each year. The funds raised each fall through the campaign help neighbors in need around the corner, across the nation, and throughout the world. The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area is the local campaign for federal employees and retirees in the Washington Metropolitan Area, and surrounding regions, and is the largest CFC in the country. Through the contributions of civilian and military federal employees and retirees, the campaign generated more than $38.7 million and more than 50,000 volunteer hours in 2017 for thousands of participating local, national, and international charities.