Deborah Jospin and Shirley Sagawa

Deborah Jospin served as the director of AmeriCorps from 1997 until 2001, where she oversaw the management and direction of programs like AmeriCorps VISTA and AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, among others. During her time as director, AmeriCorps saw tremendous growth. Ms. Jospin is also the president of the Daniel A. Dutko Memorial Foundation. She is currently the chair board member of Tufts University’s College of Citizenship and Public Service. She holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University, a Masters in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Georgetown.

Shirley Sagawa has been called a “founding mother of the modern service movement,” and was named by Newsweek magazine as a “Woman to Watch in the 21st Century.” She served as a presidential appointee in the first Bush and Clinton administrations. As special assistant to President Clinton for domestic policy, Ms. Sagawa helped to draft and pass legislation that created the Corporation for National and Community Service, and she served as the first managing director, overseeing all programs, including AmeriCorps. She has since served as the founding executive director of the Learning First Alliance, a partnership of national education associations. She holds an undergraduate degree from Smith College, a Masters in Public Policy from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Harvard.