Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa

President & CEO, Service Year Alliance

Shirley Sagawa is the Service Year Alliance’s President and CEO and founder of the Service Year Exchange, the technology platform for full-time, full-year service now run by the Alliance. Prior to becoming founding CEO of the Alliance, she developed social innovation policy, authored reports, and advised national organizations and foundations on strategy as a partner with sagawa/jospin. Shirley served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. She was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first policy assistant and later deputy chief of staff. She drafted the AmeriCorps legislation and helped lead the start up of the Corporation for National and Community Service for President Bill Clinton. For President George H. W. Bush, she helped to start and served as vice chair of the Commission on National and Community Service. A visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and adjunct faculty at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown, Shirley is author of three books, including The American Way to Change. For fun, she plays tennis, designs jewelry and collage, travels, and spends time with her husband, Greg Baer, and three (almost) adult sons.

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