Policy Council

Robert Balfanz
The Everyone Graduates Center
Johns Hopkins University

Melody Barnes
Melody Barnes Solutions
Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives
Senior Fellow at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University

John J. Dilulio Jr.
Frederic Fox Leadership Professor University of Pennsylvania

Sylvia Earle 
Aspen High Seas Initiative 
President and Chairman, Mission Blue 
The Sylvia Earle Alliance 
National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence 

William Galston
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies
Brookings Institute

Michael J. Gerson
Hastert Fellow at Wheaton College
Columnist, The Washington Post

Stephen Goldsmith
Daniel Paul Professor of Government
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

Robert D. Putnam
Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy
Harvard University

Timothy Shriver
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Special Olympics

Randal C. Teague
Legal Counsel

Senator Harris Wofford
Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania
Assistant to President John F. Kennedy
Chair of America's Promise Alliance

In Memoriam
Amy Kass
James Q. Wilson


Senator Harris L. Wofford

Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy
Chair of America's Promise Alliance

As a former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, chair of America's Promise, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Special Assistant to President John F. Kennedy, Harris Wofford has dedicated much of his life to making citizen service a common expectation and experience for all Americans.

Mr. Wofford played a key role in both crafting and working to pass the trailblazing legislation that created AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program and the Corporation for National and Community Service. He was an instrumental figure in organizing The Presidents' Summit for America's Future in 1997.

After helping launch the Peace Corps, Mr. Wofford held the post of special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, as well as chairman of the White House Sub-Cabinet Group on Civil Rights from 1961 to 1962. He also served as counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and trustee to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. Mr. Wofford was president of both the State University of New York’s new College at Old Westbury (1966-70) and of Bryn Mawr College (1970-78).

Additionally, Mr. Wofford is a member of the National Commission on Service-Learning chaired by Senator John Glenn. He also serves on the boards of Youth Service America and the Points of Light Foundation. In 2000, Mr. Wofford convened and chaired the working group on human needs and faith-based community initiatives.

He is the author of numerous publications including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties (1980). In 1950, Senator Wofford and his late wife Clare co-authored the book India Afire, which reported on the first year of independence in India and urged the civil rights movement in America to adopt Gandhi’s strategy of non-violent direct action.

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