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Service Year Alliance Praises Nomination of Michael Smith to the Position of CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service
WASHINGTON, DC (June 15, 2021) – Service Year Alliance released a statement today praising President Biden’s nomination of Michael Smith to the position of CEO of AmeriCorps, formerly the Corporation for National and Community Service.
“Service Year Alliance welcomes the nomination of Michael Smith to the position of CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. On the heels of the largest investment in national service in decades in the American Rescue Plan Act, and with the opportunity for additional investments in the American Jobs Plan, including for a Civilian Climate Corps, CNCS will thrive under the leadership of someone with a bold vision for the future of national service," said Jesse Colvin, CEO of Service Year Alliance. "We’re hopeful that Michael’s experience serving on the board of Public Allies, working with the Boys and Girls Clubs, and running My Brother’s Keeper can bring a fresh perspective to the agency at a pivotal moment for national service — exactly the kind of leadership the agency needs at its helm right now. He has the opportunity to lead the way in reimagining national service so that every young person in America has the opportunity to serve our country and be put on a pathway to opportunity. We hope for a speedy confirmation and look forward to working closely with Michael Smith to build and strengthen AmeriCorps so that national service becomes a more equitable and accessible opportunity for all.”
"I’ve watched Michael Smith’s meteoric rise in public service over many years to help the vulnerable, poor and needy,” said John Bridgeland, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President George W. Bush and Vice Chair of the Service Year Alliance. "His new post as the country’s civilian national service chief will enable him to bring Americans of different races, ethnicities, economic stations, politics, faiths and areas of the country together in common purpose to strengthen our communities and help heal our nation."