Corvington Addresses Staff, Outlines New Direction In First Days as CEO

Corvington Addresses Staff, Outlines New Direction In First Days as CEO
Feb 18, 2010

Corvington Releases Video Message to Service Community Marking Historic Moment

Washington, DC—In his first days as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, Patrick Corvington set a tone of strong leadership and management in meetings with top agency officials and the Inspector General.

Corvington, who was confirmed by the Senate on February 11, outlined his top priorities as CEO on a conference call with the agency's staff today. After thanking employees for their commitment to the agency's mission, Corvington discussed plans to strategically target resources toward addressing key national issues, better demonstrate impact, increase opportunities to serve, and embrace innovation. He also mentioned his commitment to expand the impact of the agency's programs through a strong focus on governance, management and streamlined operations.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the Corporation at this historic moment for national service,” said Corvington. “Today, community needs are at an all time high, but the momentum for service is building and the American will to be part of the solution is strong. Our goal is to rethink how we do business, foster innovation and grow the capacity of individuals and organizations to help tackle our national challenges and strengthen communities in ways that last.”

In a video message to the service community, Corvington described his personal story of sacrifice and commitment to service as the embodiment of the American dream. “Americans have always believed in the idea that we can change things and we can make things better, when we join together,” Corvington said in the video. “That has been the guiding principle of my life, and why I am so honored to be starting this new journey.” The video is recorded in both English and Spanish.

Corvington will hold a series of meetings with the agency's leadership to develop strategies to strengthen its management, transparency and accountability in the coming weeks.

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