Brookings launched a national initiative aimed at increasing the number of U.S. volunteers in international service as part of an International Volunteering Leadership Forum featuring government, corporate and civil society leaders. In conjunction with International Volunteer Day, sponsored by United Nations Volunteers, Brookings hosted an event with representatives from more than 100 organizations to discuss how to achieve the initiative's goal of doubling U.S. volunteers overseas, and enhancing multilateral capacity and impact over the next three years.
Lael Brainard is Vice President and Founding Director of the Brookings Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings and olds the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in International Economics.
David L. Caprara
David L. Caprara is nonresident fellow and director of the Brookings Initiative on International Volunteering and Service, and the former director of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and AmeriCorps VISTA, Corporation for National and Community Service.
Norman Bertram Coleman, Jr. is an American attorney and politician. He was a United States senator from Minnesota from 2003 to 2009. Coleman was elected in 2002 and served in the 108th, 109th, and 110th Congresses. Before becoming a senator, he was mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 1994 to 2002. Previously a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL), Coleman became a Republican in 1996.
Coleman's 2008 US Senate re-election bid, in which he was challenged by Democrat Al Franken and former senator Dean Barkley, was long unresolved. His term ended on January 3, 2009, and after a six-month legal battle in which he lost each of his contests, the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously declared Franken the election winner by 312 votes (out of over 3 million cast) on June 30, 2009, prompting Coleman to concede.
As of 2011, Coleman works as an adviser and board director with the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Dr. Kevin F. F. Quigley
Kevin F. F. Quigley, Ph.D., is president of the National Peace Corps Association, a national membership organization for individuals influenced by the Peace Corps experience, whose mission is to foster peace through service, education and advocacy.
Quigley's overriding interest is in how non-governmental organizations work together with governments and corporations to address pressing social needs. He has held senior positions in civil society and government, as well as various research institutions.
Representative James T. Walsh
Representative from New York; born in Syracuse, Onondaga County, N.Y., June 19, 1947; graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse, N.Y., 1966; B.A., St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y., 1970; United States Peace Corps, 1970-1972; Department of Social Services, N.Y., 1972-1974; business executive; member of the Syracuse, N.Y., common council, 1977-1985, president, 1986-1988; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred First and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1989-present).
Senator Harris Wofford
Harris Wofford represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States Senate from 1991 to 1994. He brought universal health care into the national spotlight by making it a core issue of his campaign and Senate service. He served as Gov. Casey's Secretary of Labor and Industry.
He was president of Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA from 1970 to 1978. In the 1960s, Wofford served as President Kennedy’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights, and worked closely with Sargent Shriver in organizing the Peace Corps. Later he served as the Peace Corps’ Special Representative to Africa and its Associate Director. In 1949 he and his wife Clare had a fellowship in India to study Gandhi, after which they wrote the book India Afire. Wofford became an advisor to Martin Luther King in the 1950s after the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
After Rick Santorum defeated him in 1994, Wofford was appointed by President Clinton to be CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, the Senior Corps, Service-Learning and other national service programs. He is the author five books, including Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties.