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Barbara Stewart
Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Stewart was unanimously confirmed in February 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for national service and volunteering.

CNCS is home to AmeriCorps, which engages people of all ages in up to a year of service, and Senior Corps, which connects adults 55 years and older with volunteer opportunities.

Barbara is passionate about the agency’s service mission and the ways it strengthens communities, develops individuals, and fosters civic engagement. During her time at CNCS, Barbara has focused on transforming the agency by modernizing its business operations and raising awareness for service opportunities in order to position the organization for future growth.

Prior to joining CNCS, she held leadership roles in the private sector, including more than a decade as a senior vice president in government relations and external affairs at JPMorgan Chase, and in state government. In addition, Barbara has spent many years helping nonprofits better fulfill their missions. She has chaired multiple not-for-profit civic organizations and helped found a charter school in Chicago.

Following her retirement from JPMorgan Chase in 2010, Barbara co-founded the Bowe-Stewart Foundation with her husband, Peter Bowe, with a focus on closing the opportunity gap for urban residents of Baltimore, Md., and Chicago, Ill.

Barbara earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Master of Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. When not at work in Washington, she and Peter split their time between their hometowns of Chicago and Baltimore.

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