Patrick Corvington Named as Likely Nominee for the Top CNCS Post

Patrick Corvington (from the CNCS website)

Patrick Corvington (from the CNCS website)

Friday, President Obama announced his intention to nominate Annie E. Casey Foundation senior associate Patrick Corvington as the C.E.O. of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) — the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps family of programs.

Corvington’s focus areas at Anne E. Casey Foundation have included next generation leadership development and capacity building with the foundation’s grantee organizations — themes that affect the work of AmeriCorps programs on the ground as well.

He co-authored Ready to Lead: Next Generation Leaders Speak Out a study that looked at the rising generation of nonprofit leaders’s reluctance to take on executive roles. He currently serves on the board of Echoing Green which offers highly competitive start-up fellowship funding for new nonprofit and social enterprise development, and he serves on the advisory board for American Humanics which educates college students about nonprofit leadership.

According to the press release from CNCS, Corvington also has “engaged directly with some of the top social innovation intermediaries.”

Other professional background details from the press release:

From 2003-2005, Corvington was Executive Director of Innovation Network, a non-profit agency whose Continue reading

Maria Eitel Withdraws her Name from CNCS Chief Consideration

Nicola Goren, Acting CEO of the Corporation for National Service will be acting as CEO a little bit longer. She issued this statement today:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know that we have been notified by the White House that due to a previously unknown health condition, Maria Eitel has withdrawn her name from consideration as the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Our thoughts are with Maria as she focuses on her personal health. On behalf of the Corporation Board and myself, I want to thank you for your continued hard work during these busy times. Finding leadership for the Corporation continues to be a high priority for the White House and I’m confident they will work hard to name someone else soon.

In service,

Nicola Goren
Acting CEO
Corporation for National and Community Service

Maria Eitel was nominated April 21, the same day the Serve America Act was signed in to law. Read more about the withdrawal in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Also check out this analysis in Youth Today.

Maria Eitel Nominated to Serve as the New CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service

Maria Eitel

Update:May 22: Maria Eitel withdrew her name citing health reasons.

President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Maria Eitel to serve as the Corporation’s new CEO.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency that has overseen AmeriCorps and other national service programs since their launch in 1993. Eitel will fill the position vacated last fall by out-going CEO David Eisner and filled currently by Acting CEO Nicola Goren.

Eitel is the founding President of the Nike Foundation where she has worked “to unleash the girl effect, the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have opportunity.” She has led efforts “to put girls on the global agenda and drive resources to them with the goal of eradicating global poverty.”

In a White House statement, President Obama said:

“I am pleased to announce my intent to nominate Maria Eitel to be CEO for the Corporation for National and Community Service.   Maria brings a unique blend of skills and management experience that will help her successfully lead the Corporation during our Administration’s bold expansion of national service programs.  Maria is genuinely passionate about the role of national and community service as a vehicle for engaging and mobilizing citizens in social change, and will bring new, creative thinking to the growth and mission of the Corporation.”

Previously she had served as Nike Inc.’s first vice president for corporate responsibility, as the European corporate affairs group manager for Microsoft Corporation and at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and MCI Communications Corp. She’s also served in the White House doing media affairs work. She holds degrees fromMcGill University (BS), Georgetown University (MSFS), and Stanford University (SEP).

Eitel has served on boards for the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on HIV/AIDS, Millennium Promise, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Lakeside School in Seattle, Wash, Young Presidents Organization International and the Acumen Fund.

Read the press release from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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