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C. Payne Lucas, Sr.

C. Payne Lucas, Sr., retired president of Africare (1971-2002); former Africa regional director of the Peace Corps; speaker, writer and activist, has brought a unique blend of passion and steadfast commitment to his 40-year career in African Development. Mr. Lucas joined the Peace Corps in 1962 and served successively as assistant country director in Togo, country director in Niger, director of the Africa Region and, finally, Director of the Office of Returned Volunteers. For his work in the Peace Corps, he received the President’s Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service in 1967. Mr. Lucas has been honored by several presidents of the United States as well as by leaders of more than two dozen nations in Africa - from decorations of the National Orders of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Senegal and Zambia to the 1984 U.S. Presidential End Hunger Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement “in the effort to achieve a world without hunger.” Mr. Lucas was in the Air Force for four years, he received his B.A. in History from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, and his master’s degree in government from American University. Lucas’s dedication to world progress has gone beyond his work with Africare. He is actively involved in a variety of organizations committed to international development and serves on numerous boards of directors.



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