Krista Rigalo

Chief of Programming and Training, Africa Region, US Peace Corps

After graduating with a Master’s from CJP in 2000, Krista served with Mennonite Central Committee for 3 years as Country Representative in Angola (2000-2003). She then did course work for a doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution of George Mason University and served as the Program Director for the Caux Scholars Program of the Initiatives of Change for 2 years. Krista successfully defended my dissertation in 2010.

Krista has been working with the Peace Corps since 2005, first as a Country Desk Officer then Program and Training Specialist. She was promoted to the Chief of Programming and Training for Africa Region in November 2011. In this role she supports the programming and training efforts of development projects in 25 countries in Africa, supporting about 3000 Peace Corps Volunteers annually. Krista describes this work as “usually fun, always hectic.” Having started out her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer when she was just 20, she finds it fulfilling now to work for the organization at a different level, facilitating the “service adventures” of others.