RegionsNorth & West Africa
New AtlanticistMar 25, 2020
Peace Corps faces new challenge with coronavirus
By Clintandra Thompson
But despite the positive momentum of US support for the organization, Peace Corps was hit with a new challenge. On March 15, Peace Corps Director Dr. Jody Olsen made the unsurprising announcement to evacuate all 7,334 Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Clintandra Thompson is the web manager in the Office of Communications at the Atlantic Council managing the day-to-day branding and style of events, publications, and other content, features, and updates on the website. In 2019, she brought to the Council her background and skills in writing, editing, marketing, web content management, social media, and producing audio, film, digital, and photographic products. Thompson also serves as a co-chair of the organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
Thompson is a communications professional with nearly two decades of varied work experiences including media relations, radio production, television production, and web content management. She came to the Council after interning and working with organizations such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, DC, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.S. Department of Education, the Vietnam Veterans of America, and others.
In 2012, Thompson served her country as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. Her two-year service commitment involved consulting in community economic development and eco-tourism for a women’s group in the island village of Mar Lodj. She also worked with Girls Camps, English Camps, and delivered Junior Achievement programming in middle school classrooms. Thompson was recruited to assist with the marketing efforts of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps Senegal. Upon completing her service in 2014, she recognized the need for Black Peace Corps Volunteers to have more support from their communities at home and created the Adopt a BPCV exchange between Black current and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, pairing 100 Volunteers to date. She has served as a panelist and public speaker to diverse groups on her Peace Corps experience.
She majored in Communications at Howard University and earned her Master of International Marketing Management degree from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. Her foreign languages are French, Serer, and Wolof.