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AmeriCorps Alums Names 2017 Eli Segal Leadership Award Winner

October 26, 2017

AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Award Winner Named


AmeriCorps Alums is pleased to announce the 2017 AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Award winner Elsa Vasquez-Flores of Alexandria, VA.  The award is named inIMG_0971honor of Eli Segal – known as the “father of AmeriCorps” and the first CEO of Corporation for National and Community Service. The award recognizes emerging leaders who demonstrate strong collaboration and leadership potential during their AmeriCorps service and a commitment to equity and an impact career. In addition, awardees are also named Segal Fellows as part of a strategic partnership with the Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University.

Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums Ben Duda shared,

“Elsa is a committed emerging leader with deep experiences serving young people and their families in her AmeriCorps roles.  She’s made a powerful impression in the communities she’s serving and with her colleagues and mentors.  We’re thrilled to invest in her continued leadership development and expand opportunities for emerging leaders in the Alums network towards advancing equity and impact.”

The 2017 AmeriCorps Alums Eli Segal Leadership Awardee, Elsa Vasquez-Flores is an alumna of Aspire! Afterschool – an AmeriCorps program in Arlington, VA, where she currently works as a site coordinator.   Elsa is committed to serving the young people in her program, as well as building deep relationships with their parents and others in the community.  Her biggest point of pride is when her students say, “IIMG_0973 want to be the next Ms. Elsa when I grow up,” and serve in an AmeriCorps program – something that was echoed by her co-workers.  Elsa previously served as an appointed Board Member on the Governor of Virginia’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism, and is a 2014 graduate of Mary Baldwin University.

The Segal Citizen Leadership Program will engage Elsa in a network of 100 Segal Fellows and hundreds of partners spread across the country and the globe, who are focused on fostering the next generation of citizen leaders.  During their first year, Fellows participate in leadership and professional development programming and are matched with near-peer and advanced career mentors.  They stay engaged as lifelong Segal Fellows through both virtual and in-person training, networking, and leadership opportunities throughout their careers.  Program Director, Susanna Flug-Silva, who also served on the selection committee, adds,

“Elsa distinguished herself with her commitment to social justice and community engagement and to bridging the gap between education systems and families, especially low income families.  The impact she has had and the growth she has experienced through her service speaks to the power of AmeriCorps and of citizen leaders.  We are eager to welcome her into our community of Segal Fellows and Founders to learn with and from her and to support her growth and goals.”

The Segal Citizen Leadership Program engages emerging leaders from Brandeis University and its national-service-focused partners and provides mentorship, cross-sector professional development, a citizen leadership curriculum, and inter-generational networking as a part of a lifelong Segal Fellowship.


About AmeriCorps Alums:

AmeriCorps Alums is a powerful network of diverse alums that supports & equips each other to get things done so that all people can thrive in strong communities.  AmeriCorps Alums is the only national network for alumni of all AmeriCorps programs. Connect with AmeriCorps Alums at and Facebook + Twitter + LinkedIn + Blog.


About the Eli J. & Phyllis  N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program:

Named in honor of the first CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service and one of the first champions of national service, the Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University provides emerging leaders an opportunity to join a community of other like-minded change-makers. It is a program of the Center for Youth and Communities at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis.  These leaders collaborate across sectors and issue areas to break down silos and create solutions in the pursuit of a more just and equitable world.

There are 100 inspiring, diverse, and multi-generational Segal Fellows who are already leaders in their communities, as well as a network of over 500 Founders and program partners. In addition to gaining entry through AmeriCorps Alums, Segal Fellows gain entry to the program through partnerships with diverse leaders from Brandeis University, City Year, CNCS, and Service Year Alliance. For more information about the program, please visit


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