Celebrating the Chapter Leadership of Rachel Turner and Sean McDevitt
AmeriCorps Alums’ network of 75 AmeriCorps Alums chapters represent a critical leadership cohort of local volunteers who are serving and leading and building social capital amongst alums in their cities. This month, we are featuring two longstanding chapter leaders, Rachel Turner and Sean McDevitt, both of whom are stepping down as chapter leaders after years of exemplary service in support of the AmeriCorps Alums chapter network.
Rachel Turner has served as President of the Philadelphia Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums since 2010, and during her tenure, she has worked closely to create impactful partnerships with the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office, local AmeriCorps programs, and other community organizations. Her thoughtful and strategic nurturing of local allies has produced one of the highest performing chapters in the AmeriCorps Alums chapter network. From professional development events that worked to highlight career paths for alumni who may have just completed their term of service to working directly with Philadelphia’s Chief Service Officer around National AmeriCorps Week planning, Rachel’s leadership is responsible for creating a venue for hundreds of AmeriCorps alumni in the Philadelphia metro area to gather and continue a commitment to a lifetime of service. Rachel shares,
I’ll never forget the overwhelmingly positive atmosphere and energy of the AmeriCorps Week 2011 rally! Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter stopped by the AmeriCorps Week rally to show his support for Alums and AmeriCorps members working to make a difference in Philadelphia. During a spirited speech, Mayor Nutter thanked Alums and members for their service and vowed to continue to fight to save service locally and nationally.
Sean McDevitt has served as co-chair of the Boston Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums since 2009. Like his counterpart in Philadelphia, Sean has worked with extraordinary passion and dedication in creating meaningful opportunities for Metro Boston alumni to connect, lead, and serve. Among his many chapter contributions, part of Sean’s legacy to AmeriCorps Alums is the implementation of the Boston Chapter’s annual networking graduate school event (co-hosted by Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy & Management.) The event connects AmeriCorps alumni and current members to each other, but also gives chapter members an opportunity to hear from a university with a strong and consistent commitment to the advancement of AmeriCorps alumni. This annual event in Boston has emerged to become the national model through which AmeriCorps Alums has been able to provide this setting to other chapters and university partners. Sean recalls,
My most memorable moment as a chapter leader is the annual Ambassador event we did the last two years to appreciate our most involved alumni who contributed significantly to building connections within the alums community and are the leaders who will continue to make the Boston chapter thrive. The Boston Alums Board is the first board I ever served on and I have really appreciated the opportunity to learn from and serve with such a dedicated and passionate group of alums who have worked tirelessly to connect alums and current members through socials, networking, service and professional development. Thank you, Boston Chapter, for the last four years!
AmeriCorps Alums is grateful to both Sean and Rachel for their roles in building and sustaining their respective chapters. If you are interested in getting involved in chapter leadership with your chapter, view a list of our active chapters and contact them today.