Friday, October 2, 2009

Nonprofit Executive to Lead the National Corporation of Community and National Service

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported that President Obama appointed an Annie E. Casey Foundation Executive to head the Corporation for National and Community Service ("CNCS").  This organization is responsible for administering national volunteer serviceorganizations, like the Senior Corps, Americorps, Learn and Service America, and MLK Day of Service, and will play a lead role in implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 recently enacted March 2009.  For more, please see the excerpt below,n

President Obama announced today he plans to nominate Patrick Corvington, a senior ssociate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and an expert on nonprofit leadership, as chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Mr. Corvington succeeds David Eisner, who stepped down from the post last November and handed the reins to Nicola Goren, now acting chief executive. Mr. Obama’s previous pick to head the federal agency — Maria Eitel, president of the Nike Foundation — withdrew in May, citing unnamed health problems.

The nomination comes at a critical time for the corporation, which manages
AmeriCorps and other national-service and volunteer programs. The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act that became law last spring calls for a big expansion of AmeriCorps, while the agency is also operating new volunteer efforts started by President Obama and the first lady, like the United We Serve campaign this summer.

Mr. Corvington will bring a somewhat different perspective to the job than Mr. Eisner, a former executive at AOLTime Warner, or Ms. Eitel, who both had experience in the corporate world. Before joining the Casey foundation, in Baltimore, in 2005, Mr. Corvington was executive director of Innovation Network, a group in Washington that offers planning and evaluation tools to nonprofit groups.

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