Carol Bellamy was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in 1995, following consultations with the UNICEF Executive Board, and reappointed to a second five-year term in 1999.
Prior to her UNICEF appointment, Ms. Bellamy had been serving as Director of the Peace Corps since 1993. She was the first volunteer to have returned to direct the agency, which has some 6,500 volunteers in more than 90 countries. During her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala from 1963 to 1965, Ms. Bellamy ran a school lunch programme and produced a radio show on health and nutrition in Spanish, which was broadcast in rural areas.
Prior to being named Peace Corps Director, Ms. Bellamy spent 11 years on Wall Street as a lawyer and banker. She was Managing Director in the Public Finance Department at Bear Stearns & Co, and served as Chairman of Sloate, Weisman, Bear Stearns Capital Management, Inc. From 1986 to 1990, she was a Principal at Morgan Stanley & Co.
Ms. Bellamy's career in the public sector includes serving for five years in the New York State Senate (1973 to 1977). In 1978, she became the first woman President of the New York City Council, a position she held until 1985. In addition, she served as a trustee for the New York City Pension System; as a member of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority; and as First Vice President of the National League of Cities.
Ms. Bellamy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Gettysburg College in 1963, and graduated from New York University School of Law in 1968. She is also a former fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University