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Obama to Nominate Annie E. Casey Foundation Official to Lead National Volunteer Agency

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President Obama will nominate Patrick Corvington, senior associate of the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), a Spotlight funder, to serve as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). A highly-regarded expert on volunteerism and non-profit leadership, Corvington is an excellent choice to lead the federal government۪s efforts to stimulate national service.

As CEO, Corvington will oversee the implementation of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009, which includes a sizeable expansion of AmeriCorps. He will also manage new volunteer efforts, such as the United We Serve campaign launched this summer by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

At AECF, Corvington currently guides Foundation grantees on issues such as leadership development and capacity building. He also serves as a senior advisor to the Foundation۪s Executive Vice President, Ralph Smith. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, Corvington was executive director of Innovation Network, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C. that provides planning and evaluation tools to nonprofit organizations. Corvington is also the co-author of Ready to Lead: Next Generation Leaders Speak Out and Next Shift: Beyond the Nonprofit Leadership Crisis.

Although Corvington will have to be sworn in by the Senate, his impending nomination is already generating praise from several corners, including former CEO of the CNCS and former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford, who wrote this on

Government of the 21st century needs to reflect the President۪s call for a new collaborative and results-based approach to problem-solving. Corvington has the vision to see that the Corporation works across silos, sectors, and agencies to build and strategically deploy the human capital necessary to meet pressing social challenges ushering in a new area of citizen engagement.

To be sure, Corvington will confront major challenges at CNCS. As the Chronicle of Philanthropy points out, the agency has faced significant managerial hurdles. But Corvington۪s vast experience in areas such as social services, nonprofit evaluation and leadership development makes him uniquely suited for the job.

And as he says hello to the White House, he۪ll probably say goodbye to sleep. In addition to what will surely be a challenging post, Corvington is also the proud father of a newly adopted baby, who joins his five year-old daughter. Congratulations on all fronts!

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