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President Obama to nominate new CEO for CNCS

Posted by Zach Maurin on October 17, 2011

ServeNext fully supports this nomination as well!  Here are some statements of support:

AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service and Campaign Director, Save Service in America, released the following statement on Monday, October 17, 2011

 

“Voices for National Service and Save Service in America applaud President Obama’s decision to nominate Wendy Spencer as the Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service.  For nearly 30 years, Ms. Spencer has been a leader in the nonprofit and voluntary sector.  She has a vast and impressive background that includes executive positions at the local, state and national levels.  Ms. Spencer served on President George W. Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and was appointed by three governors to lead Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service since 2003.  Volunteer Florida is the official statewide coordinating agency for volunteers and donations in times of disasters. During Florida’s record-breaking 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Volunteer Florida coordinated more than 252,000 volunteers, as well as donated items totaling more than $85 million in value, which was the largest mobilization of volunteers in the history of U.S. natural disasters at that time.  Ms. Spencer has worked across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to mobilize citizens to address problems facing their communities, and she is uniquely qualified to lead the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

At a time of economic crisis, when national service organizations are being heavily relied upon to provide vital services to communities throughout the country, growing numbers of citizens are looking for opportunities to serve their country, and lawmakers continue to threaten to cut the funding for this vital support for organizations that are serving families and communities in need, it is essential for the sector to have strong and effective leadership at CNCS.  National service offers those who serve the opportunity to build skills and create pathways to work while delivering results for families and communities across the country that are struggling to make ends meet.  We look forward to working with Ms. Spencer and the Administration to mobilize citizens and communities to help get our country back on track.”

From the Corporation for National and Community Service:

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to let you know that President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Wendy Spencer to serve as the next CEO of the Corporation.

Wendy Spencer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, an organization that administers AmeriCorps grants throughout the state and is responsible for coordinating volunteers and donation management in times of disaster. Ms. Spencer  was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2006, and awarded the President’s Call to Service Award in 2005 due to her dedication to finding innovative solutions to Florida’s community challenges. 

She previously served as Director of the Florida Park Service, where she oversaw natural resource management for Florida’s 158 state parks.  Prior to her work with the Florida Park Service, Ms. Spencer was Campaign Director of the United Way of the Big Bend.  Ms. Spencer has also worked as Director of Marketing for the Macon County, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce and as a District Representative for Congressman Charles Hatcher of Georgia.  She is also the current Chair of the American Association of State Service Commissions. Ms. Spencer holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Speech Communications from Valdosta State University.

For the time being, Robert will remain in place as Acting CEO.    The White House press release is included.

Sincerely,

Mark Gearan                                                                     Robert Velasco, II

Chairman of the Board                                                 Acting CEO, CNCS

From the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 17, 2011

 

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

 

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

·         Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley – Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, Department of State

·         Julissa Reynoso – Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Department of State

·         Wendy Spencer – Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service

·         Robert E. Whitehead – Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Department of State

 

The President also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

 

·         Robert L. Blazs – United States Commissioner, Canadian River Commission

·         Jayne D. Greenberg – Member, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition

President Obama said, “These dedicated individuals bring a wealth of experience and talent to their new roles and I am proud to have them serve in this Administration.  I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.

 

President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Nominee for Ambassador to the Republic of Malta, Department of State

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Deputy Coordinator for Policy, Programs, and Budget in the Office of the Coordinator for Counter-Terrorism. Prior to this role, she was Director of the Office of Egypt and the Levant in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.  Her previous positions include: Chairwoman for Middle East Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute, Consul General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Senior Advisor for Middle Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Director for Near East South Asian Affairs, and Director for Legislative Affairs at the National Security Council.  Her earlier posts include: Political Officer at the Embassy in Tel Aviv with responsibility for the Gaza Strip, Consul in Baghdad, and postings in Jakarta and Cairo.  She joined the Foreign Service in 1985 after serving as a Presidential Management Fellow at the United States Information Agency.  Ms. Abercrombie-Winstanley received a B.A. from George Washington University and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. 

 

Julissa Reynoso, Nominee for Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Department of State

Julissa Reynoso is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central America and the Caribbean in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.   Prior to her appointment in November 2009, Ms. Reynoso practiced law with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, focusing on international arbitration and antitrust law.  During this time, she also served as a Fellow at New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.  In 2006, Ms. Reynoso worked as Deputy Director of the Office of Accountability at the New York City Department of Education.  Ms. Reynoso holds a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

 

Wendy Spencer, Nominee for Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for National and Community Service

Wendy Spencer is the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, an organization that administers AmeriCorps grants throughout the state and is responsible for coordinating volunteers and donation management in times of disaster. Ms. Spencer  was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2006, and awarded the President’s Call to Service Award in 2005 due to her dedication to finding innovative solutions to Florida’s community challenges.  She previously served as Director of the Florida Park Service, where she oversaw natural resource management for Florida’s 158 state parks.  Prior to her work with the Florida Park Service, Ms. Spencer was Campaign Director of the United Way of the Big Bend.  Ms. Spencer has also worked as Director of Marketing for the Macon County, Georgia, Chamber of Commerce and as a District Representative for Congressman Charles Hatcher of Georgia.  She is the current Chair of the American Association of State Service Commissions. Ms. Spencer holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Speech Communications from Valdosta State University.

 

Robert E. Whitehead, Nominee for Ambassador to the Togolese Republic, Department of State

Robert E. Whitehead, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, has served at the Department of State for 27 years.  From 2009 to 2011, Mr. Whitehead served as the Chargé d’Affaires in Khartoum, Sudan.  Other overseas assignments have included Deputy Chief of Mission in the Central African Republic, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  Additionally, Whitehead served briefly as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim in Rwanda in 1994 and as the first consul general in Juba, Southern Sudan in 2006.   His assignments in Washington have included Director of the Office of African Analysis in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Senior Inspector in the Office of the Inspector General, and Desk Officer in the Office of West African Affairs.  Before entering the Foreign Service, he was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Zaire.  Mr. Whitehead received a B.A. from Taylor University and an M.A. from Southern Illinois University.


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