Gloria Levin, President and Membership Coordinator for Amigos de Bolivia y Perú for over a decade, was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Arequipa, Perú from 1966 - 1968. As a Community Development Volunteer, Gloria assisted her squatter settlement ("barriada") to achieve political self determination and to receive basic services.
After completing her Peace Corps service, Gloria worked as a community organizer for various causes and subsequently (1975) earned a PhD in community psychology from the University of Michigan.
Gloria retired in 2002 from a federal career, including staff positions with Peace Corps and the National Institutes of Health.
Gloria is an active volunteer in her community, profession and international development projects. She heads up mentoring for her professional organization and is always available to mentor RPCVs on readjustment and career planning. Now freed from the Hatch Act (which imposes political restrictions on federal employees), she is much involved in national and local partisan politics. She lives in a small, historic town adjacent to the Potomac River and to Washington, DC.