Jay Katzen was appointed as Peace Corps "regional director for Europe, Mediterranean, and Asia in February 2004. He brings with him extensive experience in international affairs, having served almost 25 years as a career Foreign Service officer in the U.S. State Department. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in Bamako, Mali, and Chargé d'Affaires in Brazzaville, Congo. Jay's other posts have included Australia, Burundi, Romania, and Zaire, and service at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York. He was also Vice Chairman of the Board of the African Development Foundation. Most recently, Katzen served as a delegate in Virginia's House of Delegates where he represented the 31st legislative district of Fauquier, Rappahannock, and Warren counties.
"Katzen earned bachelor's degree at Princeton University and a master's degree at Yale University. He was a visiting professor at the Boston College Graduate School of Management and has served on advisory boards at Duke University, the University of Kentucky, and Shenandoah University."