The Board of Directors sets policies and direction for AmeriCorps and is responsible for all actions taken by the Chief Executive Officer with respect to standards, policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives necessary to carry out the mission of AmeriCorps.

Board Membership

Board Chair

Catherine McLaughlinCatherine McLaughlin

Catherine McLaughlin was nominated to the AmeriCorps Board of Directors by President Biden in April 2021; confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2021; and officially started in January 2022.

McLaughlin serves as the founding executive director of the Biden Institute at the University of Delaware. The institute, established in 2017, brings students together with accomplished, respected practitioners from a broad diversity of backgrounds and a wide range of policy fields to equip aspiring public servants to elevate civil discourse and take on pressing policy challenges facing our nation.

Prior to joining the Biden Institute, McLaughlin served as the Executive Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics for 22 years where she oversaw all programming including the JFK Jr Forum, the resident and visiting fellows program and national conferences for new-elected mayors and members of Congress. McLaughlin has created a national consortium of similar institutions that bring together students from across the country annually to identify ways to engage college and university students in the political process. She also co-founded the institutes’ Biannual Youth Survey on Politics and Public Service. She previously served as Tour Manager for the Boston-based band New Kids on the Block and as director of the Office of Alumni Affairs and coordinator in the Press and Public Liaison Offices at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

McLaughlin earned her B.A. from Saint Anselm College, where she currently serves as a member of the board of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.

Fagan HarrisFagan Harris 

Fagan Harris was nominated to join AmeriCorps Board of Directors by President Biden in July 2021, confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2021; and officially started in January 2022. 

Harris is a social entrepreneur, writer and researcher who has dedicated his career to advancing impact career opportunities for underestimated communities. 

As the co-founder and CEO of Baltimore Corps, Harris has led his team to re-imagine recruiting, hiring, and career advancement for underestimated communities. In 2020, Baltimore Corps played a leading role in the Baltimore Health Corps, a $12 million initiative that enlisted hundreds of city residents in Baltimore's pandemic response as full-time public health professionals. The Health Corps earned national attention as a model for centering racial equity in large-scale workforce development. In 2021, Baltimore Corps launched citycorps.us, which will deploy the organization's model in cities across the United States.

Harris currently serves as the assistant American secretary for the Rhodes Trust, where he helps oversee the scholarship's annual recruitment and selection process. He is a trustee at the Johns Hopkins Hospital at Bayview and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. He serves as the national board president of Lead for America. Harris is also a board member at several Baltimore-based social enterprises including B-360, Infinite Focus, and H.O.P.E (Helping Oppressed People Excel). Harris chairs an impact consultancy that guides leading institutions to integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance into their core practices and operations. He started his career at College Track where he helped build its College Success strategy and program. In 2011, Fagan staffed the White House Council for Community Solutions in the Obama Administration. 

Harris was named a fellow at Ashoka and Echoing Green for his work in social entrepreneurship. In 2020, he was awarded the Dial Fellowship by the Emerson Collective. Harris is a proud graduate of Maryland Public Schools. He is an honors graduate of Stanford University where he was the recipient of its top undergraduate honor. He earned a master's in philosophy from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes scholar.

Flor RomeroFlor Romero

Flor Romero was nominated to the AmeriCorps Board of Directors by President Biden in September 2021; confirmed by the U.S. Senate in May 2022; and officially started in May 2022. 

Flor Romero is a social worker who has dedicated her career to historically marginalized communities in the Los Angeles area and is the daughter of first-generation Salvadoran immigrants.

Romero serves as the associate director of career pathway connections at the LA Promise Fund. She leads programs dedicated to student success by strengthening career pathways across SLATE-Z, a federally designated Promise Zone with the mission to revitalize South Los Angeles. Through this initiative, she oversees programming including student internships, dual enrollment with a local community college, career development workshops, and more. Romero is passionate about working with youth and is proud to uplift underserved communities.

Romero also spearheaded a successful reading program across the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest school district in the nation, working closely with schools in Los Angeles County and increasing literacy rates for over 2,000 students. Romero has also worked in marketing to guide clients on authentic and inclusive storytelling for their marketing strategies.

Romero began her career with the AmeriCorps’ Jumpstart program, a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. She went on to lead community-focused projects, working with stakeholders and leaders on foster care and adoption, mental health, educational advancement and other initiatives.

Romero earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of California Los Angelos and a Master of Social Work with a focus in social change and innovation from the University of Southern California.

Alvin WarrenAlvin Warren

Alvin Warren was nominated to the AmeriCorps Board of Directors by President Biden in January 2022; confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2022; and officially started in March 2022.

Warren is a member of Santa Clara Pueblo where he lives with his wife Pamela, an Isleta Pueblo tribal member, and their children. He’s vice president of Career Pathways and Advocacy for the LANL Foundation in Espanola, N.M. In this role he’s responsible for expanding students’ access to academic and technical opportunities by supporting the growth of college and career readiness in districts, schools, communities and Native American Pueblos, Tribes and Nations. He leads the foundation’s work with secondary schools, universities, colleges, industry leaders and government representatives to develop and support a seamless educational continuum. Warren is a former cabinet secretary of Indian Affairs for the State of New Mexico, lieutenant governor of Santa Clara, program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, national Tribal Lands Program director for The Trust for Public Lands and land claims / water rights coordinator for Santa Clara.

During his career, Warren has helped tribes across the United States regain and protect traditional lands; ensured that over $120 million in state dollars flowed to tribes to build essential infrastructure; enacted state legislation establishing a framework for collaborative state-tribal governmental relations; developed and sustained tribal immersion and dual language schools and positively transform public narratives about indigenous peoples. Warren is the president of the Kha’p’o Community School Board; co-chair of the New Mexico Broadband Collective, an advisory committee member for the Native American Relief Fund; and on the board of directors for the International Funders for Indigenous Peoples. He’s a longtime farmer who’s actively involved in the cultural life of his tribal community. 

Warren earned a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Board Bylaws

Board Bylaws

Board Committees

The Board of Directors sets policies and the direction for AmeriCorps and consists of the following standing committees.

Board Notices


Sunshine Act Meeting

Friday, May 13, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
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Board Meeting Minutes

Board Resolutions

Directives and Official Actions

10/3/2014 Resolution 2014-001
5/14/2013 Resolution 2013-001
Directing the CEO to continue to implement its comprehensive plan to strengthen its internal controls with regard to financial reporting and grants management and to apprise the Board regularly of the progress of the implementation.
3/1/2012 Resolution 2012-006
Delegating authority to CEO to make grants to or enter into contracts with Federal or other public departments or agencies, and private nonprofit organizations, and enter into agreements with other Federal agencies or private nonprofit organizations for the support of programs under the national service laws.
2/8/2012 Resolution 2012-004
Directing the CEO to continue to implement the 2012 plan to provide effective oversight and monitoring of CNCS programs and to apprise the Board regularly of the progress of the implementation.
2/8/2012 Resolution 2012-003
Approval of the evaluation plan for the evaluation of programs established under the national service laws

9/16/2009

Resolution 2009-008
Resolution expressing the profound sympathy of the Board to the Kennedy family at the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
5/20/2009 Resolution 2009-007
Directing the Chief Executive Officer to continue to engage in an open and transparent process to obtain input from the public to inform the agency’s implementation of the Serve America Act and adoption of a new five-year Strategic Plan, and to keep the Board of Director apprised of the activities and results of the public process.
2/4/2009 Resolution 2009-004
Directing the Chief Executive Officer to ascertain the challenges faced by national service programs during the economic crisis, act expeditiously where possible, and explore creative ways for programs to meet community needs in a more cost-effective manner

Recognitions

09/26/2014

FY 2015 Annual Plans

02/05/2014

FY 2014 Annual Plans

02/05/2013

FY 2013 Annual Plans

4/5/2012

Board Approval of FY 2012 Annual Grant-making and Program Plans
FY 2012 Annual Plans

2/8/2011

Resolution 2011-002 Board Approves Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan 2011-2015


Recognitions

8/12/2019 Resolution 2019-02
Recognizing Romonia "Mona" Dixon
3/25/2019 Resolution 2019-01
Recognizing Eric Liu
9/19/2018 Resolution 2018-01
Recognizing Kim Mansaray
9/19/2018 Resolution 2018-02
Recognizing Rick Christman
9/19/2018 Resolution 2018-03
Recognizing Thomas L. Bryant
9/19/2018 Resolution 2018-04
Recognizing John Greenhaugh
2/15/2017 Resolution 2017-01
Recognizing Wendy Spencer
10/3/2016 Resolution 2016-01
Recognizing Wilsie Y. Minor