Be The Change Welcomes Deborah Jospin to Board of Directors

Posted by Zach Maurin on March 7, 2012

Reposting this statement — it’s great news. Deb, a Board member of ServeNext, is joining the BTC board as part of our merger with ServiceNation.

Be The Change, Inc., the parent organization behind the Opportunity Nation and ServiceNation campaigns, today announced the addition of Deborah Jospin to its Board of Directors.

“We are humbled to have such an experienced member of the nonprofit community join our team,” said Kevin Jennings, CEO, of Be The Change.  “From attorney to author, philanthropist to civil servant, Deb’s expertise working across so many sectors will be an incredible asset as we work to demonstrate the power collaborative efforts can have in creating positive change in America.  I’m extremely pleased to welcome her to our board and look forward to both working with and learning from her.”
“I am thrilled to be working with Kevin and his very talented staff on issues that are so important to our communities and our country.  Both ServiceNation and Opportunity Nation are poised to do great things, and I am excited to be a small part of it all.”
Jospin is partner and co-founder of sagawa/jospin, a consulting group that specializes in designing and guiding the social ventures of foundations and nonprofit organizations through strategic planning, board development, program design, and policy development.
Prior to starting her consulting practice, she served in a variety of private sector and government roles.

Ms. Jospin was appointed Director of AmeriCorps by President Clinton in 1997, after having served as Associate General Counsel and Chief of Staff of the Corporation for National Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps program.  Her dedication to AmeriCorps continues to this day.  In addition to being a founding board member of AmeriCorps Alums and ServeNext, Ms. Jospin serves on the board of Music National Service.  Ms. Jospin also served as Deputy Team Leader for the Obama Agency Review Transition Team, reviewing the operations of the organization.

A 1980 graduate of Tufts University, Jospin has maintained her involvement with her alma mater.  When Tufts University created what is now known as the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service,  Jospin was asked to be a founding member of its Board and now serves as its Chair.  She also serves as a Trustee of Tufts, chairing its Council of Boards of Overseers and serving on its Executive Committee.  In 2009, she received the Light on the Hill Award, the highest honor that the undergraduate student body bestows on Tufts alumni.

Jospin is the co-author of The Charismatic Organization: Eight Ways to Grow a Nonprofit that Builds Buzz, Delights Donors and Engages Employees.  She earned an MSc in Public Policy from the London School of Economics in 1983 and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.

Jospin lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband Chris Gallagher, and her sons, Jon and Matt Dutko.

For more information about Be The Change and its campaigns, please visit


CONTACT: Christopher Cashman, 212-804-6370


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