America Forward issued the following statement in response to news from the White House that President Joe Biden will nominate Michael D. Smith to lead AmeriCorps (formerly the Corporation for National and Community Service):
“America Forward applauds President Joe Biden’s nomination of Michael D. Smith to serve as the next CEO of AmeriCorps. At such a critical moment for our nation – when the potential impact of national service is perhaps more important than ever – Michael is uniquely well-suited to lead AmeriCorps, formerly the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Throughout his career, Michael Smith has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to equity, an allegiance to working in deep partnership with community, and a determination to expand opportunity and drive positive outcomes for all people – particularly those in historically underserved communities. The America Forward community is proud to have known Michael for many years, including when he led the Social Innovation Fund – a groundbreaking program housed within the former CNCS that brought together public and private resources to support evidence-based, community-centered approaches to expanding economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development, We urge the Senate to take up his nomination quickly so that we can continue working together to drive all of America forward.”
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