Leadership Council

Our Leadership Council represents an outstanding group of cross-sector leaders who are dedicated to our mission of making a service year a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.


Our Leadership Council engages influential individuals in endorsing and aiding the work of Service Year Alliance. Members are our most distinguished advisers and friends. They are invited to key stakeholder meetings, summits, and media opportunities, participate in speaking engagements, and publish opinion pieces about the power of national service.

We are recruiting Leadership Council Co-Chairs who represent the bridging, postsecondary pathways, and climate ecosystems and can serve as issue area experts and close advisers for Service Year Alliance’s work across these sectors.

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Leadership Council Members

Edward Allard, III, Former Deputy Director, US Selective Service System


Kristen Soltis Anderson, Pollster, Echelon Insights


José Andrés, President/Chef, ThinkFoodGroup


Donald A. Baer, Chief Executive Officer, Burson-Marsteller


Melody Barnes, Chief Executive Officer, Melody Barnes Solutions, LLC.


Steven Barney, Former Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National and Public Service 


Anna Burger, Former Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union


Barbara Bush, Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Corps


Jean Case, Chief Executive Officer, Case Foundation


Raymond G. Chambers, Founding Chairman, Points of Light Foundation


Emily Cherniack, Founder, New Politics


AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service


Adam Coretz, Senior Programming Manager, NationSwell


Richard Danzig, Former Secretary of the Navy


Janine Davidson, President, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Former Under Secretary of the United States Navy


John Dilulio, Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania


Ann E. Dunwoody, General (ret.) U.S. Army


Michèle Flournoy, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Center for New American Security


John D. Gardner, Lt. General (ret.) U.S. Army


Robert Gates, Former Secretary of Defense


Mark Gearan, Director of the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School


David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst, CNN


Michael Gerson, Op-Ed Columnist, The Washington Post


Dan Glickman, Executive Director, Congressional Program Aspen Institute


Seth Goldman, Founder and TeaEO Emeritus, Honest Tea


Jennifer Granholm, Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, University of Chicago


Devon Gray, President, End Poverty in California (EPIC)


Stephen J. Hadley, Chairman, United States Institute of Peace


Andrew Hauptman, Chairman, Andell, Inc.


Arianna Huffington, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Thrive Global


Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aspen Institute


Sebastian Junger, Journalist and Author


Dirk Kempthorne, Former Secretary of the Interior


Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global Health


Laura Lauder, General Partner, Lauder Partners, LLC


Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partner, Bain Capital


Jack Lew, Former US Secretary of the Treasury


Jason Mangone, Author


Mel Martinez, Chairman, Southeast U.S. and Latin America, JP Morgan Chase & Co.


Zach Maurin, Former Executive Director, Service Year Alliance


 Brad Meltzer, Author


Jamie Merisotis, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lumina Foundation


Jonathan Missner, Managing Partner, Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner


Michael Montelongo, President and Chief Executive Officer, GRC Advisory Services, LLC


Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Artbuckle Professor of Business Administration Harvard University


Lisette Nieves, Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Director of Leadership Programs at NYU Steinhardt


Steven Olikara, Founder and President, Millenial Action Project


Deval Patrick, Former Governor of Massachusetts and Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School


W. Taylor Reveley, President of the College of William & Mary


Condoleezza Rice, Professor of Political Science Stanford University


Matt Ronen, Founder, ServiceCorps


Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution 


Kori Schake, Director of Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute


Billy Shore, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Share Our Strength


Dr. Robert Simmons lll, CEO Maya Angelou Schools


Timothy Shriver, Chairman, Special Olympics


Shawn Skelly, Former Commissioner, National Commission on Military, National and Public Service


Olympia Snowe, Senior Fellow, Bipartisan Policy Center


Barbara Stewart, Former Chief Executive Officer, AmeriCorps


Laurie M. Tisch, President, Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund


Michael Tubbs, Founder, End Poverty in California (EPIC) & Special Advisor to California Governor Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility


Elisa Villanueva Beard, CEO, Teach for America 


Debra Wada, Former Vice Chair for Military Service, National Commission on Military, National and Public Service


Aaron Williams, Former Director of the Peace Corps

Leadership Council Alums Committee Members


The Alums Committee of Service Year Alliance’s Leadership Council is a subgroup of our bipartisan and cross-sector Leadership Council consisting of select service year alums who act as advisers and thought leaders by bringing service year alumni voices and perspectives to Service Year Alliance’s work. Here are some of our latest members:

Willie Brooks, Director of Programs, Serve Indiana


Kalan Cole, Wildland Firefighter, Forest Service

Jaynice Del Rosario, Program Officer


Nicki Fiocco, Director of Program & Communications, Transform Mid-Atlantic


Jason Hatch, Retired Army Officer


Chelsey Hudson, Program Manager


Jamier Jones, Job Developer, Career Team


Melissa Sullivan


Heather Thomson, Program Specialist

With questions, to learn more, or to join the Leadership Council, please contact Aly Ferguson at [email protected].




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