May 13

Past Event

The Impact and Future of AmeriCorps

Event Materials



  • Chris Shays

    Having served in the Peace Corps, Rep. Shays notes that one of key elements about AmeriCorps is that each program is specifically designed to meet each community''s specific needs.

  • Gwen Moore

    Rep. Moore was a VISTA volunteer and community activist in Wisconsin and says public service has many benefits to both the community in need and the volunteer in service to the community.

  • Paul Light

    Many public officials have served with organizations such as AmeriCorps. But, Light suggests, more volunteers are choosing to work in corporate environments rather than in non-profits.

    Paul C. Light

  • David Eisner

    It''s an understatement, Eisner says, to say AmeriCorps is important to communities around the country. For example, volunteers did much-needed work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.


Since the launch of AmeriCorps in 1994, more than a half million Americans have served in the program and helped support local nonprofits and communities in activities across a range of issues, including education, poverty alleviation and disaster support. On May 13, the Brookings Institution and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) hosted a forum with leading policy and public service experts about the role of AmeriCorps in helping to create future public service leaders. As part of the briefing, CNCS released a new study that evaluates AmeriCorps’ long-term impact on members.

The program featured remarks by U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and U.S. Rep Chris Shays (R-CT) and a presentation of the new study results by Robert Grimm of CNCS.

Event Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Special Guests

    • The Honorable Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)

      United States Congress

    • The Honorable Chris Shays (R-CT)

      United States Congress

  • Moderator

  • Presentation

    • Robert Grimm

      Director of Research and Policy Development, Corporation for National and Community Service

  • Panelists

    • David Eisner

      CEO, Corporation for National and Community Service

    • Paul Light

      Paul C. Light

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies

    • Janet Murguia

      President and CEO, Council of La Raza

    • Roxanne Spillett

      President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

  • Concluding Remarks

    • Stephen Goldsmith

      Chairman of the Board, Corporation for National and Community Service

      Daniel Paul Professor of Government, Harvard University


May 13, 2008

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Saul/Zilkha Room

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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