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AmeriCorps Alums Names New Co-Executive Director

January 10, 2014

AmeriCorps Alums is growing!

AmeriCorps Alums, an enterprise of Points of Light, is excited to announce that effective January 6, 2014 Mary Bruce has joined Ben Duda as Co-Executive Director of the organization. The two leaders will advance the organization’s goal of building a dynamic network of engaged citizens and social impact leaders by accelerating the potential developed through national service.

The only organization of its kind, AmeriCorps Alums supports experienced volunteer leaders to grow as professionals in the public sector through coordinated networking, professional development, and educational opportunities. In 2013, we grew our network to 75 active chapters across the country, created university partnerships with over 30 schools, and developed a robust portfolio of professional development resources available to our network of over 800,000 Alums.

Mary, a national service champion with more than a decade of experience working to grow and scale high-impact nonprofit organizations, is an AmeriCorps Alum, a Returned Peace Corps volunteer, and ex officio chair of the AmeriCorps Alums National Advisory Council. She joins the Points of Light Washington, D.C. office from her most recent role as Senior Education Advisor at Civic Enterprises, a public policy and strategy firm. She explains, “I directly attribute where I am today to my year of service 15 years ago. I was ‘made in AmeriCorps,’ and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work full-time to support the amazing network of Alums. As Corps Members, we tutored in our nation’s toughest schools, provided emergency relief services after natural disasters, and helped veterans get connected to employment opportunities. Now, as a network of professionals dedicated to ‘getting things done’, we still do that – with more impact, influence, and reach than ever before.”

Amy Smith, President of Action Networks at Points of Light adds, “Alums is thriving. We are proud of its strategic growth and excited for its future. At this important time in the organization’s growth – during the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps – I’m confident that this all-star team will build an even more robust and high-impact network of national service champions that will strengthen communities and our country.”

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Ben Duda & Mary Bruce of AmeriCorps Alums

Co-Executive Directors ‘Getting Things Done’

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