Wendy Spencer’s Nomination to Head Federal Agency Confirmed by U.S. Senate

Wendy Spencer’s Nomination to Head Federal Agency Confirmed by U.S. Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 30, 2012
CONTACT: Jayme O’Rourke, 850-414-2974

Tallahassee – Mike Andrew, Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Volunteer Florida, today announced that Volunteer Florida CEO Wendy Spencer has been confirmed by the United States Senate to head the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. Spencer was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama on October 18 and confirmed by the Senate yesterday, March 29.

“I congratulate Wendy on her confirmation and I’m confident she will do a terrific job at the helm of the Corporation,” said Chairman Andrew. “Her leadership, tremendous enthusiasm for national service programs like AmeriCorps and years of experience in the field will be a great asset to the Corporation and the millions of Americans who depend on national service to meet community needs.”

Spencer’s biography is below; click here for the Corporation for National and Community Service press release.

Wendy Spencer Biography

Wendy Spencer was confirmed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service on March 29, 2012. Prior to this role, Spencer served as Chief Executive Officer of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Volunteer Florida, which administers AmeriCorps grants throughout the state and is responsible for coordinating volunteers and donations in a disaster. Spencer understands firsthand the needs of local communities and has a proven track record with nearly three decades in volunteer management and administration.

Ms. Spencer was appointed to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2006 by President Bush, and awarded the President’s Call to Service Award in 2005 due to her dedication to finding innovative solutions to Florida’s community challenges. She previously served as Director of the Florida Park Service, where she oversaw natural resource management for Florida’s 158 state parks. Prior to her work with the Florida Park Service, Spencer was Campaign Director of the United Way of the Big Bend. She is the immediate past Chair of the American Association of State Service Commissions. Spencer holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Speech Communications from Valdosta State University.

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The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Volunteer Florida, was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; coordinates volunteerism in disaster preparedness, response and recovery; and helps to strengthen and expand volunteer engagement for everyone from youths to seniors to people with disabilities. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.