David Eisner Says Farewell

headshot_ceo_01_thumbDavid Eisner steps down as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

(The Corporation is an independent organization established by the federal government that provides funds and accountability for AmeriCorps programs throughout the country.)

You can read his biography on the CNCS web site. And the transcript of the speech he delivered yesterday at Georgetown, “From Dropouts to Downturns — Why Service is America’s Solution.”

This letter was posted yesterday as a “thank you and farewell.”

Dear National Service Colleagues,

It feels strange to be stepping down as CEO of the Corporation at this time in the national service movement – like jumping off a train just as it is picking up speed! As I leave, I want to share just how much the work you all do has meant to me, how grateful I am to have had the privilege to represent you, and how confident I am about the future for the agency and for national service and volunteering in America.

As a result of our work together, today national service has improved more lives, grown stronger and more secure, expanded its base of bipartisan support, and built a culture of impact and accountability in a way that offers a solid foundation for continued growth. At the core of this movement are the citizens of America; individuals who are ready and willing to stand up and say “I care” when provided with the opportunity and the tools to do so. You are the leaders of this “I care” movement. As I mentioned in a speech to a group of idealistic Georgetown University students this morning, for five years I have traveled across the country with a mixture of awe and admiration at seeing how your work is saving lives, ensuring futures, defeating despair and restoring hope for Americans who have no other place to turn. Thank you for what you do and for letting me share a role in this amazing work.

Before I close, I want to share a few things about the individuals I leave behind at the Corporation for National and Community Service. The staff at the Corporation, both in headquarters in Washington, DC and across the country, are a top notch group of professionals who care more passionately about your success and the mission of national service than I could have ever believed possible before joining the Corporation myself. I am also indebted to Steve Goldsmith who chairs what may be the strongest and most effectively bipartisan board in Washington, DC, for his leadership, wisdom and support. Finally, I am grateful that Nicky Goren, my current Chief of Staff, will take over as Acting CEO with my departure. In Nicky you have an effective and experienced leader and champion for volunteering and national service.

If you would like to remain in touch with me, please feel free to contact my terrific assistant, Vickie Perry, for my personal email address. I will remain a cheerleader and champion for your work, and look forward to our paths crossing again.

Thank you,

David Eisner

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