Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Robert Velasco II Named Acting CEO at CNCS

You might have heard that Patrick Corvington, more than one year after being appointed, stepped down as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  With its annual conference with the Points of Light Institute coming up, President Barack Obama appointed Robert Velasco II as acting CEO.  Velasco, who was previously the Chief Operating Officer of CNCS, must now be officially nominated by President Barack Obama.  His nomination requires the approval of the U.S. Senate before he could assume his new position.  In a messsage to his colleagues at the agency, Corvington had this to say about Velasco:

“Robert has done an outstanding job serving as our Chief Operating Officer, where he has managed agency operations, implemented changes to increase efficiency and accountability, and developed the infrastructure to carry out the Serve America Act and fulfill the President's vision for national service. Since February, Robert has also served as Chief of Program Operations, where he has provided strong leadership to support our thousands of grantees in the field who are delivering high-quality programming to meet local needs.”

Corvington has said that he resigned his position to take another job in the nonprofit sector, though he declined to provide additional details.  Velasco will certainly have tough challenges ahead of him, as his rise to acting CEO comes at a time when the CNCS will likely see cuts in revenue because of the federal government's budget crisis. 

If you are interested in reading more about this story, check out the article over at The NonProfit Times website.

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