Staff
Jennifer Bagaglio
Chief of Staff
Moran Banai
Managing Director, Policy & Government Relations
Kristen Bennett
Chief Strategy Officer
Brooke Bohnet
Director, Community Partners
Jennifer Bagaglio | Chief of Staff

jbagaglio@serviceyear.org

Jennifer Bagaglio serves as the Chief of Staff. In this position, Jen works closely with the entire team to handle budget development and reporting, human resources, strategic planning, Board relations, meeting and event planning, as well as other organizational support tasks. This is an evolution of Jen’s previous role as Operations Director with NCoC.

Prior to joining the NCoC team, Jen spent four years working at DC Vote to end taxation without representation in our nation’s capital. She worked there as the Public Affairs Manager. In that capacity, she worked on community engagement, coalition building strategies and managed the volunteer program. At times she was also responsible for the development and communications tasks in the office.

Jen is a New Englander at heart. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Vermont for her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration on social movement theory and political activism and civic engagement in the nonprofit sector.

In her free time she enjoys attending SoulCycle classes and finding new books for her book club to read.

Moran Banai | Managing Director, Policy & Government Relations
As Managing Director for Policy and Government Relations, Moran focuses on advancing Service Year Alliance's policy goals in government. Moran most recently led the Anti-Defamation League's federal relations work on everything from immigration to domestic terrorism. She previously worked as senior advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, where she advised the Senator on defense, foreign policy, veterans issues, intelligence and Jewish affairs. Moran previously worked in the Middle East Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development, ran the research team at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and managed the Middle East Progress project at the Center for American Progress. She earned a Master in International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree from Brown University. 
Kristen Bennett | Chief Strategy Officer

kbennett@serviceyear.org

As Chief Strategy Officer, Kristen is responsible for the development and implementation of the Exchange, which includes leading certification and both customer support and engagement. This is an evolution of Kristen’s previous role as Service Year Director with NCoC

Kristen served as an AmeriCorps Program Officer with California Volunteers, the state service commission. In this capacity, she evaluated AmeriCorps grant applications, contributed to the development of Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps programs, and trained, assessed, and monitored an $8.5 million portfolio of programs. During this time, she guided, coached, and advised well over thirty programs across California to maximize their community impact while maintaining compliance.

Kristen is also a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum. As a VISTA, Kristen served on California First Lady Maria Shriver’s WE Connect campaign, connecting low-income families with valuable programs and resources to become more financially secure. While serving, Kristen built crucial community partnerships, trained and managed volunteers, and planned and implemented large-scale community events during tax season.

Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Brooke Bohnet | Director, Community Partners

bbohnet@serviceyear.org

As a member of Service Year Alliance’s growth team, Brooke works with organizations to develop strategies to replicate, scale, and develop new service year models. The growth team is striving to increase the number of service year opportunities to 100,000 annually by 2019 and one million within a generation.

Brooke is passionate about advancing opportunity in communities and bringing people together through cross-sector collaboration and program development. Previously she spent five years at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she launched the Promise Zone initiative, bringing more than 13 federal agencies together with local leaders to address priorities in 22 urban, rural and tribal high-poverty communities. Her work was recognized as a 2017 NextGen Courageous Champion finalist.

Brooke did her service year through Teach for America in Baltimore, teaching middle school social studies for two years. After working on Sherrod Brown’s Senate campaign in Ohio, she then managed the Call to Serve college-federal agency network at the Partnership for Public Service from 2007-2012.

An Arizona native and first-generation American, Brooke holds a BA in political science and psychology from Scripps College, a MA in teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a MPA in collaborative management and urban sustainability from George Washington University.

In her free time, Brooke loves to explore the city on bike with her husband and two-year old daughter, traveling to new places and getting dirty gardening. Her goal is to end her career in the Peace Corps.

Jennifer Calhoun
Director, Operations
Jesse Colvin
CEO
Monique Ellington
Director, Program Engagement
Aly Ferguson
Director, Communications
Jennifer Calhoun | Director, Operations

As the Director of Operations, Jennifer works on a wide variety of technology related projects, primarily focusing on the day-to-day management of both the development and operation of ServiceYear.org as well as the assessment, introduction and/or integration of other platforms as needed to fulfill our mission.

Previously, Jennifer managed IT projects and built business intelligence practice areas for various federal agencies with a focus on agile development. She has managed the development of several enterprise data warehouses, data analytics tools and dashboards, and has hands-on experience as a technical developer and data architect.

Jennifer graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a B.B.A. in Finance. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling. When not at work, Jennifer can usually be found walking her dog, Panda, in and around Capitol Hill or trying out the city's latest new restaurant. 

Jesse Colvin | CEO

Jesse Colvin is Service Year Alliance’s CEO. He is a recognized leader and military veteran who ran to serve as the Representative from Maryland's first congressional district in the 2018 midterm elections. 

Jesse previously worked as a strategic advisor for Toffler Associates, a management consultancy. Prior to that, he held investigatory roles at Barclays Capital and Control Risks. 

Jesse served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, where he completed four combat deployments to Afghanistan. Before joining the military, he taught English language courses to Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Syria.

Jesse holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Jordan, who is a former police officer, their son, who is a high-energy toddler, and their rescue dog, who is a poorly behaved husky-german Shepard mix.

Monique Ellington | Director, Program Engagement

mellington@serviceyear.org

Monique Ellington is skilled, multifaceted leader with a strong record of helping individuals achieve their full potential by creating new opportunities and overcoming barriers to success. Monique has extensive experience in workforce development, program development, individual empowerment and development.

She is the Director, Program Engagement, where she strives to make a service year a common opportunity for every young person in the city of Chicago. Monique is fervently working to address social make a service problems and injustices in Chicago by connecting opportunity youth to new and existing opportunities and overcoming challenges that impact communities through service year opportunities. Previously, Monique served as the Training Development Manager for Greencorps Chicago, a city of Chicago program to assist individuals in gaining technical and professional skills while simultaneously overcoming multiple barriers to success.

Prior to joining Greencorps Chicago, Monique worked Safer Foundation, an organization to assist individuals with criminal records, and Haymarket Center, a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment facility, where she connected individuals to career opportunities. Monique graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in English Literature and minored in Black World Studies. While in college, she implemented a service program teaching arts and crafts and mentoring children in the Delaware, OH community.

In her spare time, Monique enjoys spending time with children and youth and exposing them to dance, music, history and poetry.

Aly Ferguson | Director, Communications

aferguson@serviceyear.org

Aly is the Managing Director, Communications at Service Year Alliance where she manages media relations, messaging, social media, and advocacy communications. Aly previously was the Communications Manager at ServiceNation. She came to ServiceNation from The Incite Agency where she worked with public affairs and advocacy clients and managed the firm's administrative responsibilities and research. Aly was the assistant to Robert Gibbs, former White House Press Secretary, as well as Ben LaBolt, 2012 Press Secretary for President Obama's reelection campaign.

Prior to joining The Incite Agency, Aly handled press in the U.S. Senate for Mo Cowan (D-MA) during his interim term in the U.S. Senate and continued working in that capacity as a press advisor as Sen. Cowan transitioned to private life. Previously, Aly worked on client projects at ASGK Public Strategies and fundraised for Joe Kennedy III and Alan Khazei on their respective House and Senate campaigns in Massachusetts.

She offers experience in nonprofit, public sector, and private sector communications, as well as political campaigns and development strategy. Aly holds a degree in Communication from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School. She lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts, enjoys skiing, boxing, and hanging out with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.

Kelsey Gerber
Associate Director, Research Partnerships
Bryan Hall
Managing Director, Programs
Juanita Henry
Communications Manager
Jonas Kane
Advisor, ServiceYear.org
Kelsey Gerber | Associate Director, Research Partnerships
As Service Year’s Associate Director of Research Partnerships, Kelsey supports a number of organizational initiatives to collaborate with partners, develop new research on national service, and contribute to a broader strategy around the future of service. She enjoys analyzing information and crafting it into a compelling narrative in support of service years.

Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Kelsey worked at the Council on Foundations managing virtual convenings, supporting the Career Pathways leadership development program, and otherwise assisting in the development of events for grantmakers.

With a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Classical Studies from Gettysburg College and a master’s degree from American University in Public Anthropology with a focus in archaeology, Kelsey is passionate about empowering people through learning from and engaging with history and culture. She also worked her way through college as a scenic carpenter for local theaters, and continues to use those skills to renovate her house in Maryland. In her free time, Kelsey enjoys board and tabletop games, hanging out with her husband and cat, and traveling.

Bryan Hall | Managing Director, Programs

bhall@serviceyear.org

As Managing Director of Programs, Bryan is part of Service Year Alliance’s strategy team and overseas the programs team which works with service year programs and partners across the United States to utilize service years as a strategy for local and regional needs and document evidence that makes the case for service years.

Bryan has over 20 years in the nonprofit sector working previously at U.S. Green Building Council, Sunlight Foundation, and United Way Worldwide before coming to Service Year Alliance. In all his positions, Bryan works to increase organization effectiveness through ongoing feedback loops and building positive, collaborative teams to tackle hard issues. Bryan holds a BA from Clark University and a MS in Organization Development from American University.

Bryan is a Peace Corps alumni, having served in Armenia 2009-2012 as a Community & Business Development volunteer. He believes in the power of people coming together to solve community and world problems through active listening and compassion for one another’s’ stories. Bryan loves traveling the globe and observing and interacting with differences and similarities across cultures. He also is an active runner, biker, and outdoor enthusiast. His favorite quote is “It always seems impossible until it's done (Nelson Mandela).”

Juanita Henry | Communications Manager

jhenry@serviceyear.org

As a Communications Manager at Service Year Alliance, Juanita supports all communications functions of the organization including media relations, messaging, social media, and more.

Juanita is a proud AmeriCorps alumna and served in 2016 with City Year DC to help support students' social, emotional, and academic development while providing schools with additional capacity to enhance learning and belonging.

Juanita holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Penn State University and is currently earning a master's degree in Public Relations & Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. She resides in Maryland and enjoys sightseeing, traveling, and indulging in new foods.

Jonas Kane | Advisor, ServiceYear.org

jkane@serviceyear.org

Jonas manages the certification process for the Service Year Exchange. His work on the Service Year Exchange also includes developing resources, supporting partnerships, and creating and implementing communications and customer support strategies. Jonas’ belief in the power of service years is tied to his firsthand experiences, which began when he served as a corps member with City Year Philadelphia in 2010. He served a second year with City Year as a Diplomas Now Team Leader, before going on to teach at Baltimore City Public Schools as a 2012 member of Teach for America.

Prior to joining NCoC, Jonas worked in public education as a member of both Teach for America and City Year. He created and taught original units and lessons as a middle school English teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools. While teaching, he earned a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

As a Diplomas Now Team Leader with City Year, Jonas coordinated a team of AmeriCorps members in providing strategic interventions and whole school programming to middle school students in Philadelphia. In this role, he also managed school partnerships, tracked and utilized data to advance student achievement, led trainings for corps members, and facilitated feedback from over 230 AmeriCorps members by administering a site-wide corps council.

Jonas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Villanova University. During his time at Villanova, he was a columnist for The Villanovan and also served as a teaching assistant. Outside of work, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking new dishes, and finding new music to add to his record collection.
He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Sandy Keith
Chief Development Officer
Kara Neel
Associate Director, Programs
Floyd Sartin
Director of Human Resources
Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell
Managing Director, Partnerships
Sandy Keith | Chief Development Officer

In 2006, Sandy graduated from the University of Maryland College Park and began working in the nonprofit sector. He completed a service year as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Jumpstart for Young Children, working to build their regional fundraising efforts. After serving his term, he spent 6 more years at Jumpstart in various fundraising roles out of their Washington, DC office. Most recently, Sandy served as the Director of Development at Council for a Strong America, a public policy organization working to improve America's public safety, national security, and economic growth through research-based investments in children.

Today, Sandy serves as Chief Development Officer, building funding partnerships that help fuel Service Year Alliance's ambitious strategic plan. In his spare time, Sandy enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu, hiking, and brunch. Especially brunch.

Kara Neel | Associate Director, Programs

kneel@serviceyear.org

As an Associate Director of Programs with Service Year Alliance, Kara works with current and potential host organizations to position service years as a solution for communities.

As organizational leader, she has over 8 years of experience in public affairs and community service. During her career, she has developed an understanding of organizational operations in non-profits focused on affordable housing, youth empowerment, food systems, economic mobility and environmental education.

Kara is a proud Habitat for Humanity / AmeriCorps Alum and comes to Service Year Alliance with enthusiasm for service programs and the impact they have on our country. During her time at Service Year, Kara hopes to contribute to a future in which service is a common and accessible opportunity for all!

Floyd Sartin | Director of Human Resources

fsartin@serviceyear.org

Floyd Sartin, Director of Human Resources at Service Year Alliance, is a seasoned Human Resources professional with experience leading strategic business initiatives. Floyd is responsible for managing and implementing HR functions, which include talent acquisition, benefit administration, on-boarding, human capital, and employee relations.

Prior to Service Year Alliance, Floyd was the Human Resources Manager at The Washington Home & Community Hospices where he successfully streamlined their HR functionality into a paperless environment, enhancing performance management, and cultivating a dynamic culture within the organization.

Floyd is originally from Detroit, MI, and has a MBA in Human Resources Management from Walden University and a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Western Michigan University.

Outside of practicing human resources, Floyd is a coffee roaster entrepreneur, enjoys spending quality time with his wife and young son, and watching any sports program that’s on the television.  

Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell | Managing Director, Partnerships

yshaheen-mcconnell@serviceyear.org

As Managing Director of Partnerships, Yasmeen focuses on keeping champions of service invested in the work of the Service Year Alliance, and attracting and retaining new leaders committed to our mission and aligned with our work. Yasmeen is a proud AmeriCorps alumna, and served in 2008 with the Arab American Resource Corps in a community support and cultural resource position before becoming a supervisor for future members. She came to Service Year Alliance from the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, where she designed and ran a fellowship program after directing the relaunch of the service year movement at the Summit at Gettysburg. Yasmeen was a business development consultant with News Deeply, a new media and technology startup, and previously managed programs at the Arab American Institute, where she oversaw youth and advocacy efforts, fundraising galas, leadership summits, and the Arab American Census Information Center. Yasmeen earned a master’s degree in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard Divinity School and her B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology from the George Washington University.

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