About the Author

Chic Dambach is an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, American University, and the University of Juba (South Sudan). He also serves as an adviser to the Director of the Peace Corps, and he is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Previously, his wide ranging career included President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, President of the National Peace Corps Association, and Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi. Together with Peter Yarrow, he led the Operation Respect program to address bullying, ridicule, and violence in schools. His career began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, and his memoir, Exhaust the Limits, the Life and Times of a Global Peacebuilder, features a lifetime of service and successful initiatives for peace. His story is featured in the fall 2016 issue of National Peace Corps Association’s magazine WorldView.

Dambach lectures frequently on college campuses, at conferences, and at civic organizations worldwide. He was a speaker at the Rotary International peace conference in Sao Paulo, and he was featured at the Future of Peace Summit in Washington, DC as well as the War Victims conference in Kampala. He is chairman of the Mali Affinity Group, and he serves on the governing boards of the Institute for Economics and Peace, the International Peace and Security Institute, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Middle East Peace Working Group, Future Symphony, and the CityLit Project.

Dambach has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Institute for Economics and Peace presented him the Leadership and Service for Peace Award in 2016. He was named the 2016 Peace Corps Champion for keeping the spirit of service alive. He won the Global Peace Award in 2001 from the International Platform Association. The Dambach Award for Service to the Literary Arts was created in his honor by the CityLit Project in Baltimore. He was a national champion kayak racer and served as an official for canoe and kayak competition in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.

He has a BA degree from Oklahoma State University (which he attended on an athletic scholarship), as well as an MBA degree from Wake Forest University. Oklahoma State recognized him in its Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, and he is in the Hall of Fame in his home town of Worthington, Ohio.