Chic Dambach is the current CEO of Operation Respect and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Prior to coming on board at Operation Respect, Chic was an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins and American Universities; President Emeritus of the National Peace Corps Association; former President of the Alliance for Peacebuilding; and former Chief of Staff for Congressman John Garamendi. Previously, he held executive positions in the arts, sports, and health, and he was an “expert” advisor to the director of the Peace Corps. He has served on dozens of nonprofit boards, and he was a senior consultant with BoardSource where he helped write two books on nonprofit governance.
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 in Africa. He 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. His TEDx Talk “Why Not Peace” is available on YouTube. 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.