2017 National Conference Speakers
We are pleased to announce that Speakers at The Corps Network 2017 National Conference, Moving Forward Together, will include the following esteemed individuals (listed in alphabetical order by last name).
David Caprara’s research focus includes volunteerism, global development, conflict mitigation, and civil society.
In addition to his role with the Global Economy and Development program in the Brookings Institution, Caprara serves as vice president for Strategic Partnerships with the Global Peace Foundation and chair of the Building Bridges Coalition. He formerly directed Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, D.C. and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), promoting mentoring programs, asset development, homeland security and other volunteering initiatives to strengthen families and promote upward mobility.
David has travelled extensively throughout the world advancing multi-stakeholder approaches toward a “global peace corps,” including support for the launch of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance and the Africa Peace Service Corps at U.N. headquarters in Asia and Africa. In 2012, he served as a Harris Wofford Global Service Fellow with Cross Cultural Solutions in Cape Town, South Africa, and as a visiting scholar at the University of Cape Town Development Policy Research Unit, assessing volunteerism and asset-development initiatives for marginalized youth.
Caprara conceived and co-directed the International Roundtable on Volunteering and Service with Points of Light Foundation, USAID, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2006, he co-directed the International Conference on Faith and Service with former USA Freedom Corps Director John Bridgeland and the National Conference on Citizenship. Over 25 interfaith youth services projects were launched through this initiative in the United States, Africa and Middle East during Global Youth Service Day.
Caprara formerly served in the senior executive service as deputy assistant secretary and director, Office of Resident Initiatives, under Secretary Jack Kemp at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Subsequently, he served as director of the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Citizen Empowerment and as director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. He conceived and launched the Hands-Across-Virginia initiative, overseeing disaster volunteer efforts following severe flooding in the mountain region of the Commonwealth.
Caprara helped craft and directed the nationally acclaimed five-city “Violence-Free Zone” gang intervention initiative at the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) which led to Congressional appropriations for grassroots initiatives. He also guided successful tenant management, entrepreneurship and homeownership demonstrations for low-income Americans that led to the authorization of landmark Congressional legislation and key presidential initiatives. In addition, he developed family strengthening provisions for the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth, developed nationwide state legislative policy exchanges, and co-founded the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Empowerment Caucus.
Plenary: Looking Ahead: Citizenship & National Service
For more than two decades AnnMaura has worked to expand opportunities for young people to serve across the United States and around the world. She serves as President of Voices for National Service, a coalition of hundreds of service organizations that work together to advance citizen service policy, established in 2003. Additionally, AnnMaura is a member of City Year’s Management Executive Committee, overseeing City Year’s international work, public policy, and public affairs.
After college, AnnMaura served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Southern California where she helped to create and lead a counseling program for refugees. After returning to Washington D.C., she directed a national grants program at Very Special Arts, an international organization dedicated to increasing opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. In 1989, AnnMaura joined Youth Service America, where she organized the first National Youth Service Day, launched the New Generation Training Program and led a policy working group of leaders from the national service field to draft a set of recommendations that informed the design of AmeriCorps. In 1995, AnnMaura joined the newly created Corporation for National and Community Service as Deputy Director, Independent Sector and served as liaison to the foundation and national nonprofit community. After leaving CNCS, AnnMaura served as director of the AmeriCorps Anniversary Committee and as a policy consultant to the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service.
AnnMaura holds a B.A. in political science from the College of the Holy Cross. She serves on The Franklin Project Leadership Council, the Advisory Board for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, the Federal Advisory Council of the Presidio Institute, and the Boards of Directors of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, My Good Deed, Freedom Now, City Year South Africa and City Year UK. She also serves as a principal of the newly created Service Year Alliance. In January 2015, AnnMaura was selected for the first class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of the Bush, Clinton, Bush and Johnson Presidential Libraries.
Mr. Crandall served as a member of the President's Commission on Americans Outdoors from 1985 to 1987 and was named to the President's Commission on Environmental Quality in 1991, the same year that he received the Chevron Conservation Award. He was also Chairman of the Take Pride in America Advisory Board, appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, and a Founding Director of the National Forest Foundation, appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. He has served on several national judging panels, including co-chairing the U.S. Department of the Interior's Take Pride in America award program. He received the Spirit of Take Pride Award in October 2004 and was recognized with a Centennial Award by the Forest Service. In 2004, he organized Great Outdoors Month, which is now proclaimed annually by the President of the United States and the governors of all 50 states.
Mr. Crandall served on the Board of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for seven years, including two terms as Vice Chairman. He received ASAE's Professional Performance Award in 1980, his Certified Association Executive recognition in 1990 and was named an ASAE Fellow in 1992. He has served in leadership roles on numerous community and philanthropic organizations, including the executive committee of WOW-Wonderful Outdoor World. He is an honors graduate of Dartmouth College.
Plenary: Community Equity Through Career Development
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Milton “Mickey” Fearn
Mickey Fearn has been a parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years.
He is currently a Professor of Practice in the North Carolina State University’s School of Natural Resources.
From 2009 to 2013 he served as the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance from 2008 until 20013. His responsibilities included Communications, Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs, International Affairs, Partnerships, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Policy, State and Local Assistance Programs, and outreach and communications to groups currently underrepresented in park, recreations and conservation.
Before joining the National Park Service, Mickey worked in Seattle where he held positions as the Director of the City of Seattle’s Innovation Project, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Program, Manager of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, and Director of Communication and Citizen Engagement in the Department of Parks and recreation. In addition, Mickey led the creation of the architecture to end youth violence in the City of Seattle, and developed programs that connected young people with nature.
Mickey served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mickey Fearn worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland California.
Mickey’s organizational interests include inclusion, collaboration, and innovation and creativity.
Mickey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Park Administration at California State University and his Master of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Oregon.
In 2004, she joined the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, as a Policy Lead on the first Race & Social Justice Initiative Coordinating Team. Darlene has more than 12 years of experience implementing systemic change and increasing racial equity in city government. She was on the ground level in developing the Race and Social Justice Initiative in the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights. She has worked extensively with cross-racial teams seeking to bring about institutional and structural change to create racial equity in the city's communities of color. In her approach she incorporates perspectives that support people of color in their leadership development and organization. She brought a structural change approach to bringing about the institutional changes needed to impact outcomes in communities of color there. Darlene has been instrumental in strategic planning and design support for the Race and Social Justice Initiative, as well as providing ongoing technical assistance for Seattle’s city department leadership and employee teams. She has planned and delivered training for diverse internal and external audiences. Darlene’s experience in the field of race and equity has not only enabled her to hone impactful approaches to supporting others to participate in meaningful racial equity activity in the City of Seattle, but also across the country. Educational equity has been a focus of Darlene's work as a community activist and led to her serving a four-year term on the Seattle Public School Board. She counts that experience among the most valuable and challenging tests of moving from theory to action.
In late 2016 Darlene accepted the position of Director of the new Department of Race and Equity in Oakland, California. There she is employing her years of experience to lead and support their efforts. The mission of the new department is to intentionally integrate, on a citywide basis the principle of fair and just in all the City does in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities.
Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., is currently serving his third consecutive term as the duly elected mayor of Apalachicola, Florida. In September 2007, he’s became the first African- American in the history of Apalachicola to be elected by a vote of the people to serve as
Plenary: Moving Forward Together Through Service
A transformational leader with a remarkable record of achievement, General Stanley A. McChrystal was called “one of America’s greatest warriors” by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. A retired four-star general, he is the former commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing the current counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a comprehensive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
The son of Major General McChrystal, GEN McChrystal graduated from West Point in 1976 and joined the infantry. He began his military career as a platoon commander in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he held several leadership and staff positions in the Army Special Forces, Army Rangers, 82nd Airborne Division and the XVIII Army Airborne Corp and the Joint Staff. He is a graduate of the US Naval War College and he completed fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1997 and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 2000.
After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, General McChrystal spent more than 7 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In 2002, he was the chief of staff for military operations in Afghanistan. A year later he was selected to deliver nationally televised Pentagon briefings about military operations in Iraq. From 2003 to 2008, McChrystal commanded JSOC where he led the US Military’s counter-terrorism efforts all over the world. From the summer of 2008 until June of 2009, General McChrystal was the Director of the Joint Staff. In June of 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed General McChrystal to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1 of 2010 General McChrystal retired from the US Army.
General McChrystal is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where he teaches a course on Leadership in Operation. He sits on the board of the Yellow Ribbon Fund, Navistar International Corporation and JetBlue Airways. He is also the chair of Service Year Alliance, a project of Be The Change and the Aspen Institute, which envisions a future in which a service year is a cultural expectation and common opportunity for every young American. General McChrystal co-founded the McChrystal Group in January of 2011 where he is currently a partner. McChrystal Group’s mission is to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses to help them transform and succeed in challenging and dynamic environments.
General McChrystal resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife of 39 years, Annie.
Andrea “Andy” Pendleton is the first woman mayor of Rainelle, West Virginia (2011-2017). She is a lifelong resident of Rainelle, and a business owner in Rainelle for over 50 years. She was the recipient of the 2008 Greenbrier County Convention and Visitors Bureau Ambassador of the Year Award, and the 2013 Greenbrier County Shepherd Center Community Service Award. She is the vice president of the Rainelle Community Development Corporation, member of the Rainelle Area Planning Committee, and past president of the Rainelle Woman’s Club, as well as a member of numerous volunteer organizations. Her proudest moment as a volunteer was developing the Kenneth Bragg Memorial Park, a children’s playground. As mayor, her goal is to revitalize Rainelle so that current and future generations may enjoy a productive, safe, and joyful life in the town that she loves. In stride with that mission, she - with help from Rainelle citizens and outside volunteers - has devoted her time as mayor to rebuilding the town after the devastating flood of 2016, furthering the town’s motto “A Town Build To Carry On.” She has been happily married to Randy for over 50 years, and is the mother of Beth Schultz, who resides in South Carolina, and Drew Pendleton, a sergeant in the West Virginia State Police.
Plenary: Moving Forward Together Through Service
Shirley Sagawa is the Service Year Alliance’s President and CEO and founder of the Service Year Exchange, the technology platform for full-time, full-year service now run by the Alliance. Prior to becoming founding CEO of the Alliance, she developed social innovation policy, authored reports, and advised national organizations and foundations on strategy as a partner with sagawa/jospin. Shirley served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. She was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first policy assistant and later deputy chief of staff. She drafted the AmeriCorps legislation and helped lead the start up of the Corporation for National and Community Service for President Bill Clinton. For President George H. W. Bush, she helped to start and served as vice chair of the Commission on National and Community Service. A visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct faculty at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown, Shirley is author of three books, including The American Way to Change. For fun, she plays tennis, designs jewelry and collage, travels, and spends time with her husband, Greg Baer, and three (almost) adult sons.
Plenary: Celebrating the 21CSC
Will Shafroth joined the National Park Foundation as president and CEO in July of 2015. In this role, he oversees the Foundation’s work, including its operations, philanthropic support through individual and foundation giving, corporate partnerships, and its promotion of the National Park Service Centennial celebration. Shafroth leads the Foundation’s efforts toward the success of its mission to enrich America’s national parks and programs by providing a measure of excellence made possible through private support.
The entirety of Shafroth’s career stems from a deeply personal commitment to preserving America’s public and private lands. He has more than three decades of experience working to advance conservation and outdoor recreation.
In September 2013, Shafroth launched Red Sheep Consulting to support strategic philanthropy, aiding nonprofit leaders in achieving their goals, and assisting conservation groups in navigating the complexities of Washington, D.C. Clients included the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, America’s Conservation PAC, Gates Family Foundation, and the Chesapeake Conservancy, among many others.
Prior to establishing Red Sheep Consulting, Shafroth served as Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing a 21st-century conservation and recreation agenda for America’s land, water, and wildlife. His leadership on the President’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative focused significantly on reconnecting people to the outdoors.
Shafroth also served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. In that role, Shafroth worked closely with the National Park Service on a broad range of budget, policy, and program initiatives, represented Secretary Salazar on the board of the National Park Foundation, and served as acting commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor.
Prior to his work at Interior, Shafroth served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust and chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund.
Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he oversees research in education, American citizenship, politics, public opinion, and social and cultural studies. Before joining AEI, he was executive director of the Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Streeter has had a distinguished career in government service, which includes being deputy chief of staff for policy for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, special assistant for domestic policy to President George W. Bush at the White House, and policy adviser to Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. Outside of government, he has served as a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and as a research fellow at the Hudson Institute.
He is the author of “Transforming Charity: Toward a Results-Oriented Social Sector” (Hudson Institute, 2001); the editor of “Religion and the Public Square in the 21st Century” (Hudson Institute, 2001); the coauthor of “The Soul of Civil Society: Voluntary Associations and the Public Value of Moral Habits” (Lexington Books, 2002); and a contributor to the Stephen Goldsmith book, “Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work Through Grassroots Citizenship” (Hudson Institute, 2002).
In addition to his many television and radio appearances, which include BBC News, CNBC, and Fox News, Dr. Streeter’s articles have been widely published in outlets including National Review, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and The Washington Post.
Dr. Streeter has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Emory University, an M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and a B.A. from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago
Blair Taylor is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance), a nonprofit born out of the White House to address the barriers to success that boys and young men of color (BYMOC) disproportionately face along the life path. Taylor leads one of the nation’s most dynamic initiatives focused on America’s most vital emerging populations.
Prior to joining MBK Alliance, Taylor served as Starbucks’ Chief Community Officer and President of the Starbucks Foundation. He led Starbucks’ efforts to help communities thrive globally in more than 60 countries. Over his tenure, Taylor led and launched some of the biggest CSR efforts in Starbucks’ history. Taylor was previously President and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, and Executive Vice President of College Summit. His private-sector experience also includes four years as the President and CEO of a private retail franchising company focused on low income communities in the U.S. and the Caribbean, in addition to leadership roles with PepsiCo and IBM.
In 2014, Taylor was recognized by Fast Company Magazine as one of the nation's most creative senior executives. He was also named a PR Week Top 50 Innovator in 2013.
Co-Anchor & Managing Editor
Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff is the Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. She has covered politics and other news for more than three decades at CNN, NBC and PBS.
For 12 years, Woodruff served as anchor and senior correspondent for CNN, where her duties included anchoring the weekday program, "Inside Politics." At PBS from 1983 to 1993, she was the chief Washington correspondent for The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. From 1984-1990, she also anchored PBS' award-winning weekly documentary series, "Frontline with Judy Woodruff."
In 2011, Woodruff was the principal reporter for the PBS documentary "Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." And in 2007, she completed an extensive project on the views of young Americans called "Generation Next: Speak Up. Be Heard." Two hour-long documentaries aired on PBS, along with a series of reports on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR and in USA Today.
In 2006, Judy was a visiting professor at Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. In 2005, she was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. From 2006-2013, she anchored a monthly program for Bloomberg Television, "Conversations with Judy Woodruff."
At NBC News, Woodruff was White House correspondent from 1977 to 1982. For one year after that she served as NBC's Today Show Chief Washington Correspondent. She wrote the book, "This is Judy Woodruff at the White House," published in 1982 by Addison-Wesley.
Woodruff is a founding co-chair of the International Women's Media Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging women in communication industries worldwide. She serves on the boards of trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Newseum, the Duke Endowment and the Urban Institute. She is a former member of The Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
Judy is a graduate of Duke University, where she is a trustee emerita.
She is the recent recipient of the Cine Lifetime Achievement award, a Duke Distinguished Alumni award, the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism/Television, the University of Southern California Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Al Neuharth/University of South Dakota Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Gaylord Prize for Excellence in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Oklahoma, among others.
She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, journalist Al Hunt, and they are the parents of three children: Jeffrey, Benjamin and Lauren.