Commentary: Creating a Volunteer Infrastructure through Public Funding


  • William Basl was appointed as director of AmeriCorps State and National for the Corporation for National and Community Service, an independent federal agency, in June 2012. In that capacity, he oversees the day-to-day operations of AmeriCorps, the Corporation's largest program, with approximately 70,000 members serving throughout the country. Previously, he served for 18 years as executive director of the Washington Commission for National and Community Service, where he was responsible for implementing innovative state-level service initiatives.

  • Christopher Spera is director of research and evaluation for the Corporation for National and Community Service. He develops and oversees the agency's diverse research and evaluation portfolio, which is composed of studies ranging from randomized controlled trials to evaluations of the Corporation's signature programs. He leads a research agenda rooted in a “research-to-practice model” that values science as a tool for informing program and policy decisions.

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