Our Team

Our team is composed of game-changing leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Many of us are service year alums; and all of us hold a deep passion for service.

 

Raabia Budhwani
Director of Place-Based Growth
Henry Mackintosh
Associate Director, Customer Data and Optimization
Ben D'Elia
Development Associate
MacKenzie Moritz
Chief of Staff and Chief Partnerships Officer
Raabia Budhwani | Director of Place-Based Growth

raabia@serviceyear.org

As Director of Place Based Growth, Raabia works with local leaders across the country to lead our strategy of demonstrating how service years at scale can help repair broken cities, uplift and educate children at risk, and empower communities struggling with poverty.

Previously, Raabia facilitated international and philanthropic partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and led a federal interagency team to pilot the White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) Initiative engagement Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. A groundbreaking place-based initiative, SC2 works to better align federal policy and resources with committed city leaders as they implement locally driven economic visions.

Prior to joining SC2, Raabia built partnerships and advanced economic policy to spur entrepreneurship and job creation in Africa and the Middle at the U.S. Department of State. Before joining the federal government, Raabia consulted for local governments, federal agencies, social enterprises, and international organizations on strategic planning, service and organizational design, and urban development.

Raabia earned dual Master’s degrees in urban planning and public administration from the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy, and her B.A. in Psychology and Linguistics from Emory University. Raabia proudly served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan, as an AmeriCorps member in Atlanta, and is a NextCity Vanguard.

Henry Mackintosh | Associate Director, Customer Data and Optimization

hmackintosh@serviceyear.org

Henry is the Associate Director, Customer Data and Optimization. He’s helping Service Year Alliance make data-informed decisions, and measuring and optimizing the Service Year recruitment initiatives to movement building activities in the field.

Henry was previously Communications Manager at SolarCity, the largest solar energy services provider in the US. Prior to SolarCity, he worked on various projects for organizations including Avaaz, TaskRabbit and CODEPINK.

Henry’s previously held roles in software, nonprofit, and political organizations. He worked as a field organizer in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and subsequently as a senior organizer for NationBuilder - a community organizing software company. A dual US/British citizen, he’s also worked in the UK volunteering sector.

Between school and university, he served as a volunteer English teacher in rural Peru. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Edinburgh.

In his free time, Henry likes to ride bikes, travel, and go camping.

Ben D'Elia | Development Associate

bdelia@serviceyear.org

Ben D’Elia is a Development Associate for Service Year Alliance. In this role, he assists the Development team with all of Service Year Alliance’s development efforts, including fundraising from foundations, corporations, and individuals. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Ben worked as a Political Sales Coordinator for an advertising company.  Prior that position, Ben held Development internships at nonprofits and congressional internships on Capitol Hill. 

Ben is originally from Bethesda, Maryland and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with his Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Having grown up in the area, Ben immediately took an interest in politics. In his spare time, you can find Ben somewhere outside biking, visiting museums, or enjoying live music at the 9:30 Club.

 

MacKenzie Moritz | Chief of Staff and Chief Partnerships Officer

mmoritz@serviceyear.org

MacKenzie serves as Service Year Alliance’s chief of staff and also has the privilege of leading the partnerships, growth, value proposition, knowledge sharing, and leadership engagement teams. His passion for national service stems from his experience as a 2006 Teach For America (TFA) corps member and his experience working on TFA’s staff. As the managing director of TFA’s national recruitment strategy and technology team during the organization’s most successful recruitment seasons in TFA’s history, MacKenzie saw first hand the potential for young people to come together to improve society -- as well as the large number of young people eager to serve, but unable to find an opportunity to do so. MacKenzie earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida and a masters degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is a graduate of various fellowship programs, including the Montpelier Summit for Emerging Millennial Leaders, the State Department/RISD Human Centered Design & Public Policy Institute, the AEI Leadership Network, and is a member of the NationSwell Council and the Armed Services Arts Partnership Advisory Council. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Melissa

Csilla Aglaure-szekelyhidi
College Organizing Manager
Laura Thompson
Northeast Regional Field Director
Cali Cornacchia
Associate, Learning
Grettie vonVorys-Norton
Crowdfunding Fellow
Csilla Aglaure-szekelyhidi | College Organizing Manager

csilla@serviceyear.org

As a College Organizing Manager for Service Year Alliance, Csilla works to engage youth in a year of service nationwide. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, she worked at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) selecting and placing AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) applicants to serve at one of their five regional campuses. She has previously done a year of service with AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps assessing damages and writing grants for communities affected by natural disaster. 

Csilla originally hails from Chicago, IL, and is a graduate of George Mason University with a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and exploring new DC restaurants!

Laura Thompson | Northeast Regional Field Director

lthompson@serviceyear.org

Laura Thompson is the Northeast Regional Field Director at Service Year Alliance.  In this role, Laura is responsible for building the service movement from the ground-up by recruiting, training, and mobilizing teams of grassroots and grasstops leaders across the northeast to take action around core advocacy and recruitment campaigns.  Previously,Laura worked with Vital Voices, an organization that builds the capacity of women extraordinary women around the world as leaders in their communities. At Vital Voices she managed a fellowship program of 300+ women and led a research initiative to measure their global impact. Laura holds her M.A. in International Education and is fluent in Spanish.

Cali Cornacchia | Associate, Learning

ccornacchia@serviceyear.org

Cali Cornacchia works to increase the value proposition of serving and to build a network of knowledge-sharing as the Associate, Learning. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, she served as the 2015 Eli J. Segal Fellow at the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she spent a year working on special projects to support the agency’s many initiatives and programs. 

Cali was born and raised in Vermont and starting volunteering at a young age. Her community service background led her to Ohio Wesleyan University, where she graduated in 2013 with majors in Sociology and Politics & Government. After graduating, she worked as the Post-Graduate Intern for Community Service Learning where she matched college students with community service opportunities and managed a tutoring program. She then moved to DC to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Horton’s Kids, where she worked with the K-6 tutoring program and created cooking and gardening classes on the weekends to support food security and healthy habits. Cali loves life DC and tries to take advantage of all the events, museums, food trucks, and other perks of living in the city. She is addicted to coffee and attempts to copy recipes she sees on cooking shows

Grettie vonVorys-Norton | Crowdfunding Fellow

mvonvorys-norton@serviceyear.org

Grettie is a service year corps member serving as the crowdfunding fellow for Service Year Alliance. During her time in this position, she will be creating crowdfunding resources and implementing a crowdfunding pilot program to aid organizations in being able to host service year corps members of their own. Before joining the Service Year team, Grettie was a student and active volunteer with Virginia Commonwealth University's ASPiRE in Richmond, Virginia, where her focus was working to educate elementary school children about nutrition and provide their families with access to healthy food.

Grettie is originally from New Jersey and graduated from VCU with a B.A. in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. She is excited to discover and take advantage of all the opportunities that D.C. and the surrounding communities have available to her and her puppy, Mully.

Stephanie Armstrong
College Organizing Manager
Laura Pelner
Graphic Designer
Lauryn DuValle
Eli J. Segal Policy Fellow
Elizabeth Robinson
Executive Assistant
Stephanie Armstrong | College Organizing Manager

sarmstrong@serviceyear.org

As a College Organizing Manager for Service Year Alliance, Stephanie works to engage youth in a year of service nationwide. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Stephanie worked at Food & Friends focusing on mobilizing volunteers to deliver meals to critically-ill clients in the DMV. Her commitment to service began in childhood and blossomed when she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in southwest Virginia creating and implementing a Mobile Food Pantry program for the surrounding coal country towns. She enjoys bringing people together in order to address the challenges that arise in their communities.

Stephanie graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Art History and enjoys exploring new neighborhoods with her dog Lovie, reading western mystery novels, and figuring out how to fix household appliances. 

Laura Pelner | Graphic Designer

Coming soon!

Lauryn DuValle | Eli J. Segal Policy Fellow

lduvalle@serviceyr.org

Lauryn Imann DuValle is a native Tennessean who has served two years as both an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) and VISTA Leader at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, at the North Mississippi VISTA Project, managing the largest AmeriCorps VISTA site in the state. She helped develop service learning and sustainable volunteering opportunities ranging from cultural inclusion programming, college accessibility, early childhood development, and health awareness initiatives. She also played an active role in establishing the largest annual University road trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where she encouraged School of Education students to explore the historical and racial implications of segregated teaching in the Deep South.

Most notably, in 2011, as a cinema/documentary student at the University of Mississippi, Lauryn was selected by MTV Productions to assist Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN, compete in the White House’s Race To The Top Commencement Challenge. To enter the competition, Lauryn worked with MTV to produce a film which chronicled the students' tremendous academic achievements while overcoming adversities. Of the numerous entries submitted from across the nation,the film was selected as the winner by the President of the United States Barack Obama. As a result, the graduating class at Booker T. Washington High School was honored with the 2011 commencement address delivered by President Obama--His first trip to Memphis as President of the United States. Shortly thereafter, Lauryn (An alumna of Grambling State University, LA) received the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Media Advocacy INC. award for Female Alumnus of the Year.

These diverse experiences helped reinforce her dedication and commitment to nonprofit and policy sectors. In addition, it has bolstered her enthusiasm for community relations and outreach. She received a BA in History from Grambling State University, LA, a minor in Cinema/ Documentary at the University of Mississippi,MS, and pursued graduate studies in policy at New York University, NY.

Elizabeth Robinson | Executive Assistant

In her role as Executive Assistant, Elizabeth works to support the executive team and assist in day-to-day operations. Before joining Service Year Alliance, Elizabeth worked in foreign policy and public diplomacy initiatives at the German Marshall Fund. She graduated with her Masters degree in International Communication and has her Bachelors of German Language, and British History. A strong believer in the growing power of people-to-people diplomacy, Elizabeth hopes to continue strengthening her external relations skill-set and fostering cross-cultural communication.

A proud Austrian, Elizabeth is fluent in German and attempts to get by in French. She enjoys traveling abroad, cooking and hosting dinners (mainly the eating part), and spending time with her adorable but very misbehaved puppy, Meeko. 

Mayo Sonko
Associate, Partnerships
Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell
Director, Strategic Engagement
Diane Ty
Senior Advisor
Shirley Sagawa
President & CEO
Mayo Sonko | Associate, Partnerships

msonko@serviceyear.org

As the Partnerships Associate at Service Year Alliance, Mayo works to build and maintain relationships that help existing programs scale and new programs begin. As a service year alumna, she is grateful that through her role, she has the opportunity to carry forward her commitment to service. She previously served as the Program Coordinator for the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute where she was responsible for providing logistical support for closed-roomed meetings, roundtables, convenings, composing grant reports and memos, and updating and editing website content. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and concentration in Urban Studies from Macalester College in 2013. Upon graduating, she served as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies, Washington D.C. As a component of Public Allies, she completed an apprenticeship with the YMCA Youth and Family Services Branch, where she was a Program Associate with Linkages to Learning and was responsible for coordinating after-school homework tutoring clubs at two elementary schools and helping provide a supportive environment for families that sought Linkages’ services.

Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell | Director, Strategic Engagement

yshaheen-mcconnell@serviceyear.org

As Director of Strategic Engagement, Yasmeen focuses on keeping champions of service invested in the work of the Service Year Alliance, and attracting and retaining new leaders committed to our mission and aligned with our work. Yasmeen is a proud AmeriCorps alumna, and served in 2008 with the Arab American Resource Corps in a community support and cultural resource position before becoming a supervisor for future members. She came to Service Year Alliance from the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, where she designed and ran a fellowship program after directing the relaunch of the service year movement at the Summit at Gettysburg. Yasmeen was a business development consultant with News Deeply, a new media and technology startup, and previously managed programs at the Arab American Institute, where she oversaw youth and advocacy efforts, fundraising galas, leadership summits, and the Arab American Census Information Center. Yasmeen earned a master’s degree in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard Divinity School and her B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology from the George Washington University.

Diane Ty | Senior Advisor

dty@serviceyear.org

Diane is an independent marketing consultant with a track record of product, service and program innovation in the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. She serves as Senior Advisor to Service Year Alliance on projects ranging from the organization’s new branding, consumer research, earned income strategy, content production, grant writing, and new service corps development. She works with Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative, a consulting arm of the McDonough School of Business that forges cross sector solutions to pressing social issues. Other clients include a Silicon Valley-based technology company and other nonprofits. Diane has held senior level positions at AARP, Save the Children, and American Express. Her work has been recognized with a Gold-level IDEA award for design strategy (AARP); an Emmy nomination for Save the Children’s (STC) Ad Council campaign “Do Good: Mentor a Child”; and The Cable and Wireless Childnet award (STC). Diane has degrees from Duke University (BA) and The University of Pennsylvania (MBA-Wharton/MA) where she was a fellow at the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. For fun, Diane is an avid runner, singer, and chauffeur and sports spectator to her three kids who she loves raising in Bethesda, MD with her husband, Dan Connors.

Shirley Sagawa | President & CEO

ssagawa@serviceyear.org

Shirley Sagawa is the Service Year Alliance’s President and CEO and founder of the Service Year Exchange, the technology platform for full-time, full-year service now run by the Alliance. Prior to becoming founding CEO of the Alliance, she developed social innovation policy, authored reports, and advised national organizations and foundations on strategy as a partner with sagawa/jospin. Shirley served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. She was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first policy assistant and later deputy chief of staff. She drafted the AmeriCorps legislation and helped lead the start up of the Corporation for National and Community Service for President Bill Clinton. For President George H. W. Bush, she helped to start and served as vice chair of the Commission on National and Community Service. A visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct faculty at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown, Shirley is author of three books, including The American Way to Change. For fun, she plays tennis, designs jewelry and collage, travels, and spends time with her husband, Greg Baer, and three (almost) adult sons.

Sandie Quinn
Chief Technology Officer
Rosa Moreno
Managing Director, Growth
Brandon Moore
Southeast Regional Field Director
Zach Maurin
Executive Director
Sandie Quinn | Chief Technology Officer

squinn@serviceyear.org

Sandie is the Chief Technology Officer for Service Year Alliance. Prior to Service Year Alliance, Sandie served as an Information Technologist developing and deploying scalable, flexible system solutions for more than 20 years, in diverse industries such as the financial, mobile, telecoms, non-profit and healthcare sectors. Sandie’s deep experience with the software development lifecycle enables her to bridge the gap between the technology and business domains, assemble high-functioning teams, and lead them through effective implementations. Her understanding of longer-term design implications, application usage profiles, and production support needs allows her to strike a pragmatic balance between benefits and costs.

Before joining Service Year Alliance, Sandie worked for FI Consulting, managing IT projects in the financial sector. Prior to that, Sandie worked for Fannie Mae as Director of Risk Management Applications. She was CTO at a mobile Internet startup, worked as a technical instructor for Apple, and as a consultant in systems development for telecoms and healthcare applications. Sandie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Applications from Dublin City University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (European School of Management), where she studied in Paris, Oxford, and Berlin.

Rosa Moreno | Managing Director, Growth

rmoreno@serviceyear.org

Rosa Moreno serves as Managing Director, Growth at Service Year Alliance. In this position, Rosa leads Service Year Alliance’s growth team. The growth team is responsible for increasing the number of service year opportunities to 100,000 annually by 2019 and one million within a generation by working with nonprofits, governments, universities, and philanthropy to create or grow service year programs.

Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Rosa was Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Advancement at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) where she worked on efforts to support the expansion of national service through public and private partnerships. Rosa joined CNCS in 2010 as Deputy Director of AmeriCorps, a program that supports and places over 70,000 individuals in results-driven community service in communities in every state.

Prior to coming to Washington, D.C., she served as Vice President of Civic Engagement and Social Responsibility with the OneStar Foundation in Austin, Texas. Rosa is a proud AmeriCorps Alumnus. In her free time, Rosa is a member of Batalá Washington, an all-women percussion group bringing Afro-Brazilian rhythms and culture to DC. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and attending baseball games at the Washington Nationals ballpark.

Brandon Moore | Southeast Regional Field Director

bmoore@serviceyear.org

Brandon is a graduate of Miami University (In Southwest Ohio) where he studied Political Science and Public Administration. His professional work includes electoral campaigns, community organizing, fundraising and issue advocacy throughout the country. Initiatives varying from raising the minimum wage to environmental protection. Most recently working to reform education policy in Ohio, where he played a role in passing several pieces of legislation that improved the quality of education for kids throughout the state. In his free time Brandon enjoys traveling and sampling new cuisine!

Zach Maurin | Executive Director

zmaurin@serviceyear.org

Zach Maurin is the Executive Director of Service Year Alliance. Previously, he was Executive Director of ServiceNation from 2013-2015. In 2007, he co-founded ServeNext, an organization building a grassroots movement to make national service a national priority, serving as Executive Director until its merger with ServiceNation in 2012. ServeNext helped develop and pass the biggest national service legislation in 75 years. While at ServiceNation, its membership grew over 100,000 people and its coalition surpassed 550 organizations, all working together to make a year of national service a common expectation and opportunity. In 2009 he co-founded a failed media start-up. In 2002, he was an AmeriCorps member with City Year Boston.

Zach has received City Year’s Comcast Leadership Award, the highest alumni honor, was a finalist for an Echoing Green Fellowship, a White House Champion of Change, and named one of the 40 Under 40 in 2010 by New Leaders Council. For his work in national service, he has been interviewed by CNN, Buzzfeed, MSNBC, TIME, and The Hollywood Reporter. He graduated from George Washington University with a degree in English in 2007. Proudly from Pittsburgh, he’s an irrationally big Penguins fan and would do anything to meet Larry David. He lives in San Francisco.

Jennifer Matson
Managing Director, Operations
Jonas Kane
Manager, Certification
Martha Houle
Chief Development Officer
Rachel Guyn
Manager, Development
Jennifer Matson | Managing Director, Operations

jmatson@serviceyear.org

Jennifer Matson serves as the Managing Director of Operations. In this position, Jen works closely with the entire team to handle budget development and reporting, human resources, strategic planning, Board relations, meeting and event planning, as well as other organizational support tasks. This is an evolution of Jen’s previous role as Operations Director with NCoC.

Prior to joining the NCoC team, Jen spent four years working at DC Vote to end taxation without representation in our nation’s capital. She worked there as the Public Affairs Manager. In that capacity, she worked on community engagement, coalition building strategies and managed the volunteer program. At times she was also responsible for the development and communications tasks in the office.

Jen is a New Englander at heart. She grew up in Massachusetts and attended the University of Vermont for her undergraduate degree. She graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration on social movement theory and political activism and civic engagement in the nonprofit sector.

In her free time she enjoys attending SoulCycle classes and finding new books for her book club to read.

Jonas Kane | Manager, Certification

jkane@serviceyear.org

Jonas manages the certification process for the Service Year Exchange. His work on the Service Year Exchange also includes developing resources, supporting partnerships, and creating and implementing communications and customer support strategies. Jonas’ belief in the power of service years is tied to his firsthand experiences, which began when he served as a corps member with City Year Philadelphia in 2010. He served a second year with City Year as a Diplomas Now Team Leader, before going on to teach at Baltimore City Public Schools as a 2012 member of Teach for America.

Prior to joining NCoC, Jonas worked in public education as a member of both Teach for America and City Year. He created and taught original units and lessons as a middle school English teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools. While teaching, he earned a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

As a Diplomas Now Team Leader with City Year, Jonas coordinated a team of AmeriCorps members in providing strategic interventions and whole school programming to middle school students in Philadelphia. In this role, he also managed school partnerships, tracked and utilized data to advance student achievement, led trainings for corps members, and facilitated feedback from over 230 AmeriCorps members by administering a site-wide corps council.

Jonas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Villanova University. During his time at Villanova, he was a columnist for The Villanovan and also served as a teaching assistant. Outside of work, he enjoys running, hiking, cooking new dishes, and finding new music to add to his record collection.
He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Martha Houle | Chief Development Officer

mhoule@serviceyear.org

Martha Houle is the Chief Development Officer at Service Year Alliance. Previously, Martha was the Vice President of Development at the Bipartisan Policy Center. She has 25 years of experience in the business and nonprofit community having served as Secretary of the Board and Vice President of Development at the Committee for Economic Development, and Vice President of Corporate Development at the National Alliance of Business. Houle began her career leading international young leader and education programs at the Atlantic Council of the United States. She is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a bachelor degree in World Politics. A native of New Hampshire, Houle served on the staff of the NH Governor’s Council on Energy and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rachel Guyn | Manager, Development

rguyn@serviceyear.org

Rachel Guyn is the Manager of Development for Service Year Alliance. In this role, she supports all of Service Year Alliance’s development efforts including fundraising from foundations, corporations and individuals. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, Rachel served as NCoC’s Development Associate. Rachel brings with her years of diverse experience in customer service and business development having worked in event planning, higher education, hospitality and the healthcare industry prior to joining Service Year. She is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Queen's University in Kingston, ON with a Bachelor's in Global Development Studies and Business German.

Rachel has a passion for giving back to the community and has volunteered for several organizations, particularly those that work with children and the elderly. She is a travel enthusiast and finds she is most happy when immersed in a challenging and culturally diverse environment. In her free time, Rachel enjoys exploring the DC music scene, running, biking and swimming. She recently completed her first triathlon and plans to complete many more!

Jon Gromek
Midwest Regional Field Director
Erin Finucane
Managing Director, Movement Building
Aly Ferguson
Associate Director, Communications
Monique Ellington
Chicago Director
Jon Gromek | Midwest Regional Field Director

jgromek@serviceyear.org

Jon is the Midwest Regional Field Director for Service Year Alliance in Cleveland, OH responsible for building the service movement from the ground-up. He focuses on growing the political will to expand national service while also driving recruitment and broadening awareness of service year opportunities in the Midwest.

Graduating with undergraduate degrees in Theology and Political Science from Xavier University and an MBA from Wright State University, Jon offers 10 years of professional organizing and advocacy experience working both in local communities and national organizations.

Prior to Service Year, Jon worked as a Senior Regional Organizer for Bread for the World, was the Executive Director and Head Organizer of a local congregation-based community organization in Dayton, Ohio, and did his service year with the Network Associate Program in Washington DC.

When he’s not traveling around the Midwest, Jon enjoys spending time with his young son and wife, drinking (too much) good coffee rediscovering his hometown of Cleveland and watching baseball (Go Tribe!).

Erin Finucane | Managing Director, Movement Building

efinucane@serviceyear.org

Erin Finucane, Managing Director of Movement Building at Service Year Alliance, is a seasoned campaign strategist with a strong record of building diverse, people-powered movements across a variety of domestic and international issues. Prior to joining Service Year Alliance, she was the Global Campaign Director at Global Zero where she managed international advocacy, creative campaigns, and public mobilization. She spent three years with The ONE Campaign, including a year-long stint in Brussels as Campaign Manager where she launched ONE’s inaugural EU public mobilization effort, successfully protecting investments in development aid despite an overall budget reduction for the first time in history. Erin has a master’s degree in international peace studies from Trinity College Dublin and a bachelor’s degree in political science from La Salle University. In addition to movement-builder, she also identifies as a struggling filmmaker, vegetarian gourmand, and retired track and field athlete.

Aly Ferguson | Associate Director, Communications

aferguson@serviceyear.org

Aly is the Associate Director, Communications at Service Year Alliance where she manages media relations, messaging, and advocacy communications. Aly previously was the Communications Manager at ServiceNation. She came to ServiceNation from The Incite Agency where she worked with public affairs and advocacy clients and managed the firm's administrative responsibilities and research. Aly was the assistant to Robert Gibbs, former White House Press Secretary, as well as Ben LaBolt, 2012 Press Secretary for President Obama's reelection campaign.

Prior to joining The Incite Agency, Aly handled press in the U.S. Senate for Mo Cowan (D-MA) during his interim term in the U.S. Senate and continued working in that capacity as a press advisor as Sen. Cowan transitioned to private life. Previously, Aly worked on client projects at ASGK Public Strategies and fundraised for Joe Kennedy III and Alan Khazei on their respective House and Senate campaigns in Massachusetts.

She offers experience in nonprofit, public sector, and private sector communications, as well as political campaigns and development strategy. Aly holds a degree in Communication from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School. Aly enjoys skiing, boxing, and hanging out with her husband, cat, and tortoise.

Monique Ellington | Chicago Director

mellington@serviceyear.org

Monique Ellington is skilled, multifaceted leader with a strong record of helping individuals achieve their full potential by creating new opportunities and overcoming barriers to success. Monique has extensive experience in workforce development, program development, individual empowerment and development. She is the Chicago Director of Service Year Alliance, where she strives to year a common opportunity for every young person. Monique is fervently working to address social make a service problems and injustices in Chicago by connecting opportunity youth to new and existing opportunities and overcoming challenges that impact communities through service year opportunities. Previously, Monique served as the Training Development Manager for Greencorps Chicago, a city of Chicago program to assist individuals in gaining technical and professional skills while simultaneously overcoming multiple barriers to success. Prior to joining Greencorps Chicago, Monique worked Safer Foundation, an organization to assist individuals with criminal records, and Haymarket Center, a comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment facility, where she connected individuals to career opportunities. Monique graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she majored in English Literature and minored in Black World Studies. While in college, she implemented a service program teaching arts and crafts and mentoring children in the Delaware, OH community. On her spare time, Monique enjoys spending time with children and youth and exposing them to dance, music, history and poetry.

Jenna Dell
Associate Director, Higher Ed Partnerships
Anna Cooper
Associate, Service Year Exchange
Emily Bouck
Director, Policy and Advocacy
Cameron Blossom
Manager, Marketing
Jenna Dell | Associate Director, Higher Ed Partnerships

jdell@serviceyear.org

Jenna Dell, Ed.D., joined Service Year Alliance in December 2015 to oversee higher ed partnerships. She works closely with institutions and associations to link service years to credit and increase the value-proposition for serving. Dr. Dell previously managed civic engagement initiatives and community partnerships at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

Dr. Dell earned her Ed.D. in Higher Ed Administration and M.S. in Higher Ed– Student Affairs from the University of Rochester. During that time she worked in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership managing a summer fellowship program, student voter engagement, and advising student political groups. She also had the privilege of supporting AmeriCorps summer associates and VISTA members. Her dissertation research examines the impact national service has on civic engagement post-service. Dr. Dell has additional research interests in student learning outcomes, civil society, and community engagement.

When not working or traveling she can usually be found at an indoor cycling class, practicing yoga, or coordinating service activities for Team Red, White, and Blue.

 

Anna Cooper | Associate, Service Year Exchange

acooper@serviceyear.org

As the Program Associate for the Service Year Exchange, Anna supports all Exchange efforts through assisting in certification reviews, quality assurance testing and customer support. Through her role at Service Year Alliance, she has had the opportunity to continue her deepened commitment to service and personal interest in inspiring young Americans to positively impact their communities. Prior to Service Year Alliance, Anna graduated from East Carolina University where she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Communications-Public Relations. During her time in college, she served as an Ameriprise Fellow and Student Leader for various on-campus volunteer food recovery and service organizations. Upon relocating to Washington, D.C., Anna served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at D.C Hunger Solutions. There she aided in strengthening the capacity building efforts of nonprofits interested in improving healthy food access across the District. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, cooking and attending music festivals.

Emily Bouck | Director, Policy and Advocacy

ebouck@serviceyear.org

Emily, Director of Policy and Advocacy, works to develop and coordinate policies that expand service year opportunities. Her congressional and political experience bring a solid understanding of ways to build support for Service Year’s policy agenda on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining our team, Emily served as Deputy Legislative Director to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, where she helped build a domestic policy agenda focused on upward mobility and economic opportunity. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Miami, where she first entered the political arena as a member of Senator Rubio’s campaign team in 2010. In her spare time, Emily coaches springboard and platform diving for a local club team, after a long career as a diver herself. She spends most of her time out the office poolside, in the mountains hiking, or in Florida with her family, where her black lab Jetty enjoys the beach as much as she does.

Cameron Blossom | Manager, Marketing

cblossom@serviceyear.org

Cameron manages the implementation of Service Year Alliance's brand in the outside world through the website, video, photos, and design. He also contributes to recruitment for the Service Year Exchange and email marketing to all of our audiences. Prior to Service Year Alliance, he served as Communications Associate for the National Conference on Citizenship, managing communications efforts for the national Civic Health Initiatives and Annual Conference on Citizenship. After graduating college, he worked as the Coordinator for the Action Research Center at Illinois Wesleyan University, which serves as the hub for university and community engagement by maintaining partnerships with over 40 local non-profits. Cameron also served on the Board of Directors for the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, a grass-roots community development organization in the low-income community of West Bloomington, IL for 3 years. For his service to the community, Cameron was awarded McLean County’s 25 Community Leaders under the age of 25, as well as Illinois Wesleyan University’s Distinguished Service Award for the class of 2013. In his free time, Cameron enjoys playing acoustic guitar, biking, and performing stand-up comedy.

Kristen Bennett
Managing Director, Service Year Exchange
Amy McIsaac
Managing Director, External Affairs
Kristen Bennett | Managing Director, Service Year Exchange

kbennett@serviceyear.org

As Managing Director of the Service Year Exchange, Kristen is responsible for the development and implementation of the Exchange, which includes leading certification and both customer support and engagement. This is an evolution of Kristen’s previous role as Service Year Director with NCoC

Prior to working on the Exchange, Kristen served as an AmeriCorps Program Officer with California Volunteers, the state service commission. In this capacity, she evaluated AmeriCorps grant applications, contributed to the development of Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps programs, and trained, assessed, and monitored an $8.5 million portfolio of programs. During this time, she guided, coached, and advised well over thirty programs across California to maximize their community impact while maintaining compliance.

Kristen is also a proud AmeriCorps VISTA alum. As a VISTA, Kristen served on California First Lady Maria Shriver’s WE Connect campaign, connecting low-income families with valuable programs and resources to become more financially secure. While serving, Kristen built crucial community partnerships, trained and managed volunteers, and planned and implemented large-scale community events during tax season.

Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon and a Master of Public Policy and Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Amy McIsaac | Managing Director, External Affairs

amcisaac@serviceyear.org

Since graduating from Providence College, Amy McIsaac built a career in the national and international non-profit sector. She started as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC, running the grants department of LIFT, a domestic anti-poverty non-profit. She quickly grew to become the National Director of Development where she was responsible for forming and managing relationships with funding partners, building the development infrastructure to effectively support the organization, and working closely with executive leadership on long-term growth strategies.

In 2012, Amy became the founding Executive Director of 2Seeds Network, an innovative non-profit deploying teams of young people for one year to build sustainable development projects in the most rural and isolated villages in East Africa. After joining the ServiceNation team in 2014 as its Managing Director, Amy was part of the team that built Service Year Alliance’s strategic plan and helped to merge the Franklin Project, ServiceNation, and the Service Year Exchange when it became Service Year Alliance in 2015.

Today, Amy serves as the Managing Director of External Affairs for Service Year Alliance, where she works on strategic partnerships and major external events and opportunities for the organization. Amy lives in New York and travels frequently to Washington, DC.

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