The three are: John Foster-Bey, who was named to run the AmeriCorps*State and National program, David Caprara, who is the new director of AmeriCorps*VISTA; and Wendy Zenker, who will lead AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps).
..."Leslie Lenkowsky and I are very pleased to have David, John, and Wendy to lead our programs," said Mauk.
The Corporation is pleased to have David
, John, and Wendy to help meet the President's
goal of engaging more Americans to be citizens, not spectators."
...Caprara, the new director of AmeriCorps*VISTA, has spent most of his career in civic and urban policy, including a three-year stint as deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1989 to 1992.
After that, he
worked for Virginia's Governor George Allen as the executive director of the Governor's Commission on Citizen Empowerment
, where he
launched the Governor's
welfare reform plan.Most recently, he was president of the American Family Coalition, where he developed programs with faith-based and community groups aimed at reducing welfare dependency, strengthening families, and developing increased economic opportunities for low-income citizens.
AmeriCorps*VISTA, works primarily with faith-based and community organizations in low-income neighborhoods to develop lasting solutions to poverty in the areas of housing, health care, literacy, community development, technology, crime prevention, and hunger.The 6,000 AmeriCorps*VISTA members nationwide assist these groups by creating and developing projects, recruiting volunteers, raising funds, and otherwise building organizations' administrative, technological, and financial capacity.
"I salute the spirit of service and idealism of AmeriCorps*VISTA members as they contribute to empowering the poor and renewing our most impoverished communities," said Caprara