National Service Agency’s first Black CEO visits L.A. for City Year Summit
Â Patrick Corvington will give keynote address on public service in Los Angeles.
By Brian W. Carter
Sentinel Staff Writer
Patrick Corvington, CEO of the agency.CEO of the Corporation for the National and Community Service (CNCS) was the keynote speaker at Americorps’ City Year and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s “In School & On Track: A National Leadership Summit on Service and Education in Los Angeles” on May 18.
Corvington met with California Secretary of Service and Volunteering Karen Baker and Los Angeles’ Chief Service Officer Rafael Gonzalez to talk about the needs that aren’t being met in the local areas in the face of the budget cuts. They spoke about engaging local residents in service.
He also visited Americorps’ Hope for the Homeless program at the Weingart Center. The program addresses the experiences and struggles of Americorps members, 90% of them being graduates of local shelters and treatment programs. The members do outreach, distribution of hygiene kits and clinical skills and service referrals.
Corvington also met with community leaders at Midnight Mission to talk about new communities in service. The Midnight Mission is located in the Downtown L.A.’s Skid Row. It’s one of the oldest operating human services organizations in the region.
He spoke on how service is an effective way to close achievement gaps, deal with the dropout rates and create prospects among the nation’s youth. Americorp has made recent progress in reducing the dropout rate. Students show a 34 percent decrease in maligned behavior.
As head of the nation’s service programs including Americorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America and President Obama’s, United We Serve initiative, Corvington’s job is to expand the opportunities to serve.
Corvington is the first Black appointed to his post by President Barack Obama. He is recognized as an expert on non-profit leadership and capacity issues, new and upcoming philanthropy, and volunteerism.
Before becoming CEO of CNCS, he served at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a senior associate responsible for grantees on issues of leadership, future leadership, and capacity building.
Corvington has been heavily involved in the non-profit sector and co-authored several publications. He is of Haitian descent and immigrated to the United States as a teenager in 1993. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his B.A. in Sociology and his M.A. in Public Policy from John Hopkins University where he also received the National Minority Leadership Fellowship from the Kellogg Foundation. He resides in Maryland with his wife and two daughters.