Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Shirley Sagawa leads the development of the Service Year Platform as Chief Service Officer for the National Conference on Citizenship. She serves as Senior Policy Advisor to America Forward, an initiative of New Profit. She is currently a fellow with the Center for American Progress , an Adjunct Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and author of The American Way to Change, (Jossey-Bass 2010), describing how volunteer and national service can be a breakthrough strategy for change. She is best known for her founding role in the creation of AmeriCorps. As co-founder of the innovation consulting firm sagawa/jospin, Shirley has provided strategic advice and developed new initiatives for public and private sector clients, including Bloomberg Philanthropies/Cities of Service, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the Points of Light Foundation, YouthBuild USA, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Scholarship America, the Presidio Trust, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Shirley has served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton Administrations. As Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton, she advised the First Lady on domestic policy and led the planning for White House Conferences on Philanthropy, Partnerships in Philanthropy, and Teenagers. After Senate-confirmation as the Corporation for National and Community Service’s first chief operating and policy officer, she led the development of new service programs for adults and students and directed strategic planning for this new government corporation. She has also managed successful collaborations in the private sector, including the Learning First Alliance, a partnership of national education associations. With advanced degrees in law and public policy, she began her career as the Chief Counsel for Youth Policy for the Senate Labor Committee, specializing in education, children’s, and youth issues, and subsequently served as senior counsel to the National Women’s Law Center working on Title IX, child care, and military issues, and on many nonprofit boards. Her book, with Deb Jospin, The Charismatic Organization , (Jossey-Bass 2008) offers breakthrough insights into building strong, effective, and well-resourced nonprofit organizations. Her previous book, Common Interest, Common Good: Creating Value through Business and Social Sector Partnerships (Harvard Business School Press) describes how business and social sector organizations can collaborate for mutual gain. Shirley is a graduate of Smith College, the London School of Economics and Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.