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Meet AmeriCorps Alums

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  • Executive Director of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health
    Chicago, IL
    “All youth deserve to be safe, affirmed...

    Yamani’s AmeriCorps experience (service began in 1997, Public Allies Chicago) began her journey from youth leadership to executive leadership as a staunch advocate for youth-adult partnerships in the pursuit of healthy communities. She believes all youth deserve to be safe, affirmed and healthy. Yamani is a visionary and strategic leader who has worked across disciplines for more than 15 years to amplify the rights and realities of young people. Throughout her interdisciplinary career, she has worked with diverse populations of people ranging from girls and women who are homeless to men who are incarcerated in maximum-security prisons on topics ranging from art and culture to personal... Read More...

  • Economic Development Representative for the New Mexico State Land Office
    Santa Fe, NM
    “I have carried the AmeriCorps...

    In the 20 years since he was sworn in, William (service began in 1994 with Texas Youth Harvest as a high school senior) shares, “I have carried the AmeriCorps commitment and pledge with me every day over the past 20 years and am very glad that I can say that I have been getting things done since my swearing in.” William, who went on to earn a law degree, has worked in business development at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, facilitated international education and real estate opportunities for global organizations, led national service reviews with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and worked with both sides of the political aisle to build renewable energy and economic... Read More...

  • Representative, Arizona State House of Representatives
    Tucson, AZ
    “AmeriCorps helped me embrace my...

    Stefanie (service began in 2002, AmeriCorps NCCC) dedicated a year of service to our country with AmeriCorps NCCC after the September 11 attacks. In that year, she responded to a flood disaster with the American Red Cross, taught elementary school children, built hiking trails, helped construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity and maintained a wildlife preserve. As a military kid, she grew up believing in the value of service and a strong work ethic. After surviving a traumatic injury when she was young, Stefanie became the first in her family to go to college, eventually earning a master's in public policy from Brown University and starting her own small business consulting with... Read More...

  • President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
    Minneapolis, MN
    “I believe, as Frantz Fanon, the...

    Sondra (service began in 1994, Justice Department's Weed and Seed Initiative) learned two big takeaways from her time in AmeriCorps. First: Place matters. She believes living where you serve is the ultimate in connection to any struggle. She now lives and works in North Minneapolis, a community where disparities abound, and where families and children are isolated by race and income. It is a place where African Americans and people of color are disproportionately impacted by failing schools, community violence,  poor housing and diminished access to employment, healthy foods and transportation. Her second takeaway is the understanding that we are each born into a universal mission to do... Read More...

  • Global Philanthropy Manager, Social Innovation at eBay Inc.
    San Jose, CA
    “The confidence, skills, and sense of...

    Roger's (service began in 2003, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship) personal experiences as an immigrant to the U.S. and witnessing the death of a friend in the September 11 attacks inspired him to serve in AmeriCorps. His lifetime of service has continued over the years as he's created safe spaces for young people at the Seeds of Peace Camp, collaborated with the community to reduce youth violence in Boston, worked as a Philanthropy Manager at Charles Schwab and eBay, and worked to drive change in the U.S. and abroad at the intersection of business, government, and social sectors. Roger reveals, “the confidence, skills, and sense of accomplishment I gained in my first year of service... Read More...

  • Deputy Legislative Assistant at the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    Washington, DC
    “It's all about service. It's...

    Major Rebecca “BB” Lange is a proud alumna of the second class of AmeriCorps NCCC Denver Campus (served in 1995). She is currently an active duty Air Force major and serves as a Deputy Legislative Assistant at the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, preceded by a tour as a defense fellow for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.  During AmeriCorps, she built houses and trails with NCCC and served on the AmeriCorps Team for the Games during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  After her AmeriCorps year, she used her education award at the University of Colorado and enrolled as an Air Force ROTC cadet.  As an intelligence officer, she has deployed to Qatar, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan.  She... Read More...

  • Co-Founder & President, RISE Egypt
    Boston, MA
    "“it is through service (and as an...

    Mona (service began in 1999, Latin American Youth Center, Health Educator in Washington D.C.) is Co-Founder and President of RISE Egypt, an organization mobilizing the global Egyptian diaspora and its networks to invest in social entrepreneurship for development in Egypt. Mona was also Co-Founder and President of Egypt NEGMA from 2011-2013, and was Chair of its 1st Annual NEGMA Conference and Impact Egypt! Social Innovation Competition. She was awarded a global health research award for emerging leaders by the Global Health Council in 2011, and was recently awarded the Judith O’Connor Award for emerging nonprofit leaders from BoardSource. Mona holds a doctorate in social epidemiology... Read More...

  • First-Year Experience Director at University of North Alabama
    Florence, AL
    "Serving others became as much a...

    Matthew is from the mountains of east Tennessee, the son of teenage parents. He spent most of his young life growing up in a trailer park with no way to fund his dream of going to college. In the face of  hardship came City Year (service began in 1994 in Boston). Matthew shares that “through it all, I was given inspiration, inspiration from my students, students who came to me with Fs and left my homework club with As.” Since that time he has gotten his master's degree and is now working on his doctorate. He has spent the last 20 years working with students at elementary schools, high schools, community colleges, and universities, and trying to encourage service. Matthew says, “... Read More...

  • Senior Manager, Disaster Preparedness at the Volunteer Center of North Texas
    Dallas, TX
    "It is an honor to be recognized...

    Lisa (service began in 1997, AmeriCorps NCCC, Texas) is the Senior Manager, Disaster Preparedness at the Volunteer Center of North Texas. She coordinates volunteer recruitment and management for a local high-impact collaboration called the Mass Care Task Force. Her exposure to this began when she did logistics for an American Red Cross disaster response during her AmeriCorps term. She currently liaises with local VOAD, COAD, Citizen Corps, and Regional Emergency Managers to ensure that collaboration extends across all networks. Additionally, she has maintained her standing as a Red Cross volunteer for 16 years and serves in a leadership role with the American Red Cross North Texas Region... Read More...

  • State Secretary of Tribal Relations
    Pierre, SD
    “I carry the AmeriCorps values – lead,...

    Leroy "JR" LaPlante, an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has been passionate about improving government and tribal relations all his life. JR served as an AmeriCorps Legal Fellow with South Dakota Access to Justice in 2009. After that, he opened a private law practice serving the needs of tribes in the state and served as Chief Justice for the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe. Thanks to the knowledge and confidence JR gained as an AmeriCorps member, he’s now the first Secretary of Tribal Relations in his home state of South Dakota, appointed by the governor.  In his daily life, JR says, “I carry the AmeriCorps values – lead, serve others and get things done – every day, and I... Read More...

  • President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation
    New York, NY
    “I wasn’t making very much money and...

    Kyle served in 1994 at AIDS Outreach in Birmingham, Alabama, at a time when there was still a lot of mystery surrounding HIV and AIDS.   Kyle recalls, “I wasn’t making very much money and spent my days traveling by bike to reach patients. Most days were painfully sad.”  Kyle is now President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) under Mayor Bill de Blasio. As President, Kyle leads NYCEDC’s continued efforts to position New York City as the global center for innovation and to increase economic empowerment and mobility for all New Yorkers. He served in the same role under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He was also previously the Executive Director of NYCEDC and the Chief... Read More...

  • Strategic Partnership Associate - Swords to Plowshares
    San Fransisco, CA
    “The toughest lessons in life are often...

    Kevin (service began in 2013 with Swords to Plowshares) is a former Sergeant in the Marine Corps infantry and multiple-tour Iraq combat veteran. During his time in service, he sustained multiple traumatic brain injuries and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. These factors made Kevin’s transition from military to civilian life difficult. Kevin struggled in his personal life becoming unemployed with multiple DUIs. He found a new direction through an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer position with Swords to Plowshares in California. His experience with AmeriCorps reminded Kevin to “redefine what it means to be ‘successful.’ You cannot dwell on what you cannot change, but you can... Read More...

  • Spoken Word Poet / Filmmaker / Interdisciplinary Artist
    New York, NY
    “Service can be done from any position...

    Kelly's AmeriCorps experience (service began in 2000 with Public Allies Chicago) was spent at a youth entrepreneurship start-up nonprofit in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago. Kelly worked with youth and adults to use their talents and creativity to create economic sustainability for themselves and their communities. This formative experience manifested itself in unexpected ways as Kelly moved to Brooklyn, New York, and became an entrepreneur herself, taking her lifelong love of spoken word poetry as her career, performing over 600 shows for audiences worldwide including venues such as the White House, three seasons of Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry,... Read More...

  • Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Strategic Philanthropy and Partnerships group
    Atlanta, GA
    “Always bring your authentic self. When...

    Joyce moved to the United States when she was 11 years old. After college, she was accepted into the Literacy AmeriCorps New Orleans to teach English as a second language to adult immigrants and refugees (service began in 1995). Her transformational experience with AmeriCorps has influenced her to pursue a philanthropic career spanning 20 years. Joyce is currently a Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Strategic Philanthropy and Partnerships group in Atlanta. In this role, she crafts and supports strategies aligned with Wells Fargo’s long history of making significant impact in communities through corporate giving. In 2013, Wells Fargo donated $275.5 million to 18,500 nonprofits. This is... Read More...

  • Online Academic Advisor and Success Coach for The Learning House
    Louisville, KY
    "I carry that spirit of...

    Deenie began her chapter with Pima Family Literacy in Arizona as a GED student, and then became their first AmeriCorps member in 1994. After one year as a member, she joined their staff and led advocacy efforts for Arizona adult education and family literacy programs. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. In her current position as an Online Academic Advisor and Success Coach for The Learning House, she is mentoring and guiding students to help them reach their goals. “As an AmeriCorps member, I learned as much as I needed to know about servant leadership,” she says. “As an AmeriCorps alum, I carry that spirit of volunteering... Read More...

  • Director of Operations at Teach For America Chicago; Founder of Education in Sight
    Chicago, IL
    “To me, AmeriCorps was not a short-term...

    Through his experiences as a Teach For America corps member, George (service began in 2009) found his passion lies in the intersection of public service and education. “AmeriCorps was not a short-term commitment but a lifetime commitment to service,” George says. While serving in the inner city of Chicago for two years, he was awarded the Teacher of the Year award in recognition of his dedication to education and to each of his students' academic success. George is now the Director of Operations at Teach For America Chicago. George has also started Education in Sight, a nonprofit aiming to give all low-income communities access to quality eye-care services. Today, Education in Sight has... Read More...

  • Attending Physician at USCF Benioff Children's Hospital
    Oakland, California
    “I am still trying to tackle the...

    Dayna (AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer service began in 1994) served as a peer health educator at the L.A. Free Clinic with Project Able. Twenty years later, Dayna is a pediatrician at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland working in the Primary Care Clinic and the Emergency Department. As a result of witnessing the ramifications of poverty and trauma on children, she founded and serves as the Co-Medical Director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk (FIND). FIND addresses the social and environmental factors that profoundly impact health. In addition, Dayna is her hospital’s spokeswoman for the Too Small to Fail: Talk, Read, Sing Initiative sponsored by the Bill, Hillary... Read More...

  • Principal at Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters; Co-Founder of Project Nathanael
    New York, NY
    “I am an educator because I believe...

    Through AmeriCorps and the New York City Teaching Fellows program (service began in 2007), Brandon strengthened his passion for social justice by focusing his work on equity and access in education. Brandon worked as a special education teacher in NYC public schools where he also coached student leadership by facilitating student organizations like the Gay-Straight Alliance and Student Government. His work allowed him to develop deep and rich relationships with students and families. Recently he worked as the Director of Strategic Initiatives under Chancellor Dennis Walcott (NYC Department of Education), and now, in his current role, Brandon is a NYC public school principal at the Urban... Read More...

  • Executive Director, Mt. Airy USA
    Philadelphia, PA
    "Our impact as AmeriCorps...

    Anuj's service (service began in 1996, City Year Boston) shaped the arc of his career as a lawyer, city government manager and community leader to affect social change for Philadelphia and its diverse populations. Anuj says, "Our impact as AmeriCorps volunteers should be measured by how well we meet the imperative of a lifetime of service that we face, not just the year(s) of service we gave in AmeriCorps.” As Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, a comprehensive non-profit community development corporation, Anuj establishes community partnerships and aligns resources—real estate development, commercial corridor revitalization and housing counseling—to strengthen one of Northwest... Read More...

  • Garden Project Program Manager - Greater Lansing Food Bank
    Lansing, Michigan
    “I learned that the desire to...

    Alex served in 2005 and 2010 with CA Conservation Corps and Greater Lansing Food Bank, respectively. His experience with the outdoors and the food bank in his two years of AmeriCorps service has led to him managing a community garden support program (100+ community gardens helping 7,000 people access food through gardening), and a farm business development program for lower-income residents and refugees who want to start small farm businesses. In addition, Alex serves as Board President of the National Young Farmers Coalition, which works to lower the barriers to entry into farming. He also co-owns a 4-acre urban farm in the city of Detroit called Food Field. “I learned that the desire... Read More...