Wendy Spencer began serving as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on April 9, 2012, shortly after being nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
CNCS is a federal agency that administers AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and other programs that engage millions of Americans in national service and volunteering to solve problems for communities.
Under Spencer’s leadership, CNCS has launched new partnerships, including FEMA Corps, School Turnaround AmeriCorps, STEM AmeriCorps, Justice AmeriCorps, and Financial Opportunity Corps; increased the agency’s focus on veterans and military families; and overseen the national service response for many severe natural and man-made disasters.
Spencer’s efforts to engage elected officials include creating the annual Mayor and County Recognition Day for National Service, where 3,539 mayors and county officials express their appreciation for Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and volunteerism in general.
Spencer’s management career spans 32 years and includes leadership roles in the government, nonprofit, and private sectors. She has served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. Prior to coming to CNCS, she served as the CEO of the Florida Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism under three Governors. In this capacity, Spencer connected national service and volunteer strategies to meet state-prioritized needs and coordinated volunteer efforts in response to disasters, including eight record-breaking storms in 2004-2005. She also served as the Director of the Florida Park Service, where she oversaw natural resource and recreational management for 158 state parks spanning 600,000 acres.
Spencer has held professional roles in many organizations, including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce, the banking and insurance industries, and in legislative organizations. Among other honors, Spencer has been named as a NonProfit Times Top 50 Leader and received the prestigious Florida Governor’s Award for her leadership during disasters.