WASHINGTON: Gaddi H. Vasquez, division VP of public affairs of the
Southern California Edison Company, is on his way to taking on the
toughest job he'll ever love: he has been nominated by President Bush to
head the Peace Corps.
If Vasquez's appointment is confirmed by the Senate, he will leave
vacant a public affairs position at a company under tremendous scrutiny,
given the current electricity crisis in California. As he has not been
formally offered - or accepted - the job, no replacement has been
The Peace Corps has just passed a major milestone. On October 14, 2000,
the Corps, which bills itself as "the toughest job you'll ever love,"
celebrated its 40th birthday. Events that commemorated the Peace Corps'
past, including Peace Corps Day in March where returned volunteers
visited classrooms to share their experiences, will continue through
Since the first group of Peace Corps volunteers left for Ghana in 1961
amid great fanfare, the organization has evolved. While not operating
today quite so much in the glare of the public spotlight, last year a
group of volunteers left for Mauritania to train as part of an HIV/AIDS
initiative. And earlier this year, the Peace Corps decided to close its
programs in Poland because it was able to "achieve the development goals
set forth by the government of Poland."
From 1987 to 1995, he was county supervisor of Orange County, CA. Before
that, he served in the California Governor's Office. He also was
appointed to the Commission on White House Fellowships and the US
Quincentenary Commission by former President Bush.
Vasquez, a former police officer in Riverside, CA, continues to serve as
a reserve police officer in the city of Orange.