Community activist Carol Wheeler has devoted her talents and energy to management and coordination in the non-profit sector. As well as many community activities in Washington, D.C, she has worked extensively with programs aimed at peace, reconciliation, and youth development in Northern Ireland and Ireland.
Wheeler and her family – she’s married with two children – were early supporters of President Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries. She served as coordinator for Irish American outreach for the Obama campaign during the general election.
A graduate of Iowa State University, for 20 years Wheeler was founder and coordinator of the Washington Chapter of Project Children, which has brought more than 14,000 Protestant and Catholic youth from Northern Ireland to the U.S to live with American host families. She also founded Project Children Together and a partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the AFL-CIO.
Wheeler is also founder and first board chair of the Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership. Her involvement with Ireland, and especially Northern Ireland has brought “unanticipated pleasure and meaning to our family.”
We can’t imagine life without the relationships we’ve come to treasure in Ireland and in Irish America,” said Wheeler.
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