Wofford gets leadership award

Harris Wofford, a champion of civil rights and volunteerism and former CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, is the 2002 recipient of the John W. Gardner Leadership Award present by Independent Sector.

Wofford will receive the award, named for the late founder of Common Cause and the founding chairperson of Independent Sector, at the group’s annual conference Oct. 28 in Cleveland.

A former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania, Wofford worked in the administration of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Clinton.

He was counsel to the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, helped launched the Peace Corps and served as its associate director, helped develop legislation creating AmeriCorps, the Learn and Serve America program and the Corporation for National and Community Service, and helped organize the 1997 Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future, which led to the formation of America’s Promise.

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