An African-American State Department staff member who has been an operative for both the Republican and Democratic national committees has been appointed to a position with the Peace Corps, the organization announced.
Ashley Bell had served as a special assistant to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before his appointment last month to the post of associate director of external affairs for the Peace Corps. According to The Gainesville (Ga.) Times, he is the first political appointee to the Peace Corps named by the Trump Administration.
“Peace Corps volunteers represent the best the United States has to offer and I am grateful for the opportunity to support an agency founded in the American ideal of serving others,” Bell said in a statement. “As head of External Affairs, my hope is to highlight to the public the vital role Peace Corps plays in irrevocably changing the lives of both volunteers and the communities they help.” (The AFRO)