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The National Advisory Council serves as the advisory group to help direct and support the mission of AmeriCorps Alums. Members of the Advisory Council bring their experience of national service and professional experience in private and non profit sectors to provide direction in the advancement of the AmeriCorps Alums brand nationally. The council works closely with our Executive Director to enhance the alumni experience of the registered members of the AmeriCorps Alums network.

Meet the National Advisory Council

Mary Bruce Kevin N. Burke
Diana Epstein Ana Estrada
Ely Flores Nicole Gallant
Seth Marbin Nathan Pelsma
Ben Duda


AmeriCorps National Direct

Latin American Youth Center (D.C.) - 99-00

Peace Corps

Morocco - 04-06

Mary Bruce
is the Senior Education Advisor at Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington D.C. In this role, she oversees Civic Enterprises’ education policy portfolio, including their work with the Grad Nation Civic Marshall Plan Leadership Council, which brings together more than 40 leading national partners to reach the goal of 90 percent high school graduation rates by 2020. She is coauthor of the annual report "Building A Grad Nation" which reached over 190 million Americans through more than 1,100 news stories in 2012. As an alumna of both AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, Mary has experience working with children across the country and around the globe. For her work, she was recognized as one of "100 Young Leaders" through Service Nation and as a distinguished alumna from her undergraduate alma mater. Mary earned her MPA in Domestic Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and holds a BA in Poverty Studies from the University of Virginia. Learn more at

AmeriCorps Peacekeepers Program

NJ Youth Corps (New Brunswick, NJ) 96 - 98

Kevin N. Burke
has been working with disadvantaged youth on a local and national level for over fifteen years. He currently works as a mental health specialist at the Child Therapeutic Day School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he aides in the treatment of children with emotional and behavioral challenges. Prior to that, he served as the National Director of the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program at YouthBuild USA, overseeing a grant that enabled YouthBuild students to provide valuable services to their communities while earning money for their education. After leaving YouthBuild USA, he returned upon request to help lead the YouthBuild AmeriCorps Katrina Rebuilding Project, a start-up residential program in Gulfport, Mississippi that engaged YouthBuild graduates and students in the rebuilding of homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Kevin began his involvement in youth service in 1996 as an AmeriCorps member with the New Jersey Youth Corps, a program that provided mentoring and conflict intervention services to middle school and high school aged students. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University.

AmeriCorps NCCC

Charleston, SC (Southeast Region) - 01-03

Diana Epstein
is a senior research analyst at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Previously she worked on education policy at the American Institutes for Research, RAND Corporation, and the Center for American Progress. She served for two years in the AmeriCorps NCCC program as a Corps Member and a Team Leader at the Charleston, South Carolina campus. She has been involved with AmeriCorps Alums since 2005, serving as a chapter leader in Los Angeles, a board member in Boston, and a member of the previous iteration of the national Leadership Council. She was also involved in the Service Nation campaign as a Young Leader and a consultant, and she recently served as an Associate Board member at City Year DC. Diana has a BS from Brown, an MPP from UC Berkeley, and a PhD from the RAND graduate school. Her doctoral dissertation was an evaluation of the long-term impacts of AmeriCorps service on participants, utilizing both longitudinal survey data and in-depth interviews with AmeriCorps alums. In her free time she loves to hike, ski, and snowboard.

AmeriCorps NCCC

San Diego, CA (Western Region) - 99-01w Cell

Ana Estrada
, MPA, is currently the Director of Programs and Customer Relations for the Kiely Group, an organizational effectiveness consulting group. Prior to joining the Kiely Group, she designed and delivered leadership programs with University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. Her projects included partnering with the California Institute for Mental Health Leadership Institute; Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program; and assisted with the creation and implementation of the Executive Master of Leadership graduate degree.

Prior to working for USC, Ana worked with AmeriCorps NCCC for seven years as a Corps Member, Team Leader, Service Learning Coordinator and Assistant Program Director for Training at the Pacific Region and consultant for the national office. Ana received her BA in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied abroad in Mexico, Spain and Brazil; and received her Master of Public Administration degree from USC. For over ten years, Ana, has worked in private and public sectors. Her passion is to work with individuals, teams, organizations and communities to create equitable environments where all people have the opportunity to thrive. Ana serves as a board member of American Society for Public Administration Sacramento Chapter, Wind Youth Services and is the AmeriCorps Alums Sacramento Chapter Leader.


LA CAUSA YouthBuild 04-05

Public Allies

Public Allies Los Angeles 05-06

Ely Flores
 completed his YouthBuild experience as one of the top students - and one of the few to obtain both his High School Diploma and GED. Soon after YouthBuild he embarked on a voyage to champion social justice. The Youth Justice Coalition offered a way to challenge the massive incarceration of youth of color in California. Public Allies equipped him with the tools necessary to move his talents to a level to be successful in a competitive workforce. He has years of experience in political campaigns, community organizing efforts, and pushing for positive public policies. His work has taken him to speak at the White House, State Assembly, Congress, and to crowds of thousands.  He now works for GRID Alternatives where he has helped hundreds of families turn green and equipped them with solar panel systems. In 2010, he established Leadership Through Empowerment, Action, and Dialogue, Inc. to empower more young people not only transform their lives but to also transform their communities through social activism, volunteerism, and pushing themselves to further their education and professional levels. Through his work, he has also been able to build youth leadership and community coalitions in the countries of Israel/Palestine, Bosnia I Herzegovina, and El Salvador. He recently served on the YouthBuild National Alumni Council. Ely has a BA in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Public Administration.


Community Impact AmeriCorps '96-'99

Nicole Gallant currently serves as the VP Education at United Way NYC.  Before joining United Way of New York City, Nicole Gallant was Senior Advisor for the Annie E Casey Foundation’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.  She also served as Senior Education Advisor for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), where she created and oversaw the $350 million education strategy. Prior to her appointment at CNCS, Nicole was a Program Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropies, managing a $115 million domestic learning portfolio. She was also a fellow in the Children and Youth Program at the Hewlett Foundation and a business analyst and project manager for Knight Securities, a global trading firm based in New York.  Nicole recieved her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University, and her research appears in the Journal of Negro History. From 1996-1999, Nicole served as a part-time AmeriCorps member at Community Impact, where she managed an award-winning America Reads program. 


Youth Volunteer Corps '95


University of Puerto Rico '98

AmeriCorps Promise Fellow

City Year '99

As a Program Manager on GooglersGive Team, Seth Marbin helps encourage and enable Google employees to use their skills, talents and resources to have an impact on the world through service and philanthropy. He joined Google after five years in the social sector, as an AmeriCorps member three times, then as a founding staff member of City Year New Hampshire. Seth is a First Movers Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and served on the steering committee of California Volunteers Business Partner Program. He founded and continues to lead Teampedia, a free, collaborative encyclopedia of team-building activities and ice breakers. He graduated from Brown University, where he studied the intersection of public and private sector organizations and social entrepreneurship. Seth lives in Alameda, California with his wife Jyothi, daughter Kaia and son Jahan.


City Year Boston - 99-00

Nathan Pelsma
has a background as a social entrepreneur, development professional, and finance and operations consultant. Nathan comes to Teach Plus from the private sector, where he was an economic consultant at Analysis Group in Boston. Prior to economic consulting, Nathan consulted on corporate development strategies for Unis-Cité, a national service organization in Paris, France. While earning his MBA at Boston College, Nathan conducted research on corporate volunteering and philanthropy at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. Prior to receiving his M.B.A., Nathan managed City Year’s national corporate partnerships with Timberland, Bank of America, and CSX. Nathan developed and grew Care Force, a revenue-generating community service model at City Year, to earning over $1 million annually. He served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston developing a Boston-based revenue-generating program at City Year. Nathan has also spent time as a teacher in an urban classroom and working for after school organizations such as Citizen Schools and BELL. Nathan received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and his M.B.A. from Boston College. He serves as an officer on the board of two Boston-area nonprofit organizations. Nathan is currently an adjunct professor teaching nonprofit management at the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.

AmeriCorps NCCC

Washington DC (Capital Region) - 99-00
San Diego (Western Region) - 00-01

Citizen Schools

Boston - 02-03

Ben Duda
is the Executive Director of AmeriCorps Alums. AmeriCorps Alums, an enterprise of Points of Light, is the only national network convening the alumni of all AmeriCorps national service programs. Ben holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a M.P.P. in Urban Policy from The Johns Hopkins University. Ben completed two years and more than 4,000 hours of service in AmeriCorps in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) as a corps member and then team leader. In addition, Ben was a teaching fellow at Citizen Schools, an AmeriCorps program. During the two-year fellowship, he led and mentored a team of middle school students in Boston Public Schools. Ben spent five years as a Senior Program Manager with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to safe place to play within walking distance of every child in America, where he helped lead the growth of a major civic campaign to increase the engagement of cities and city leaders in the importance of play and physical activity. Ben served on the founding AmeriCorps Alums Leadership Council in 2005 – 2006, is proud native of Buffalo, NY and resides with his family in Atlanta, GA



Bethany Hamilton Denise Riebman
Gene Shiau Andrew Womack


Equal Justice Works

AmeriCorps Legal Fellowship (Geneva, NY) - 08-10

Bethany Hamilton
served as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow from 2008-2010 at Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. – Geneva, NY providing legal assistance to underserved populations. As a legal fellow she also managed to launch a Reentry Clinic and serve in her second year as one of three national representatives for the fellowship program. Following her AmeriCorps service, she joined Equal Justice Works as staff to successfully manage its 700 member Summer Corps (AmeriCorps) program for law students. She now works as a Program Officer for the Community HealthCorps team at NACHC, which allows her to apply her experience with the AmeriCorps grant to pressing issues related to helping underserved populations gain access to health care. Bethany holds her BA from the University of Miami, a certificate from Cornell University, and a JD plus advanced studies certificate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She enjoys spending her free time popping up in random countries and states on weekends for budget backpacking or beach explorer adventures!



Denver Indian Center - 94-95

Denise Riebman
started her professional life as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the Denver Indian Center in 1994. Since then, Denise has spent nearly 20 years in the non-profit and higher education sectors focusing on community development, volunteer engagement and career development. Prior to her current position as the Director of Career Development and Alumni Services at The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, Denise was the Assistant Dean of Career Services at Brandeis University’s Heller School where she built their career development center and led the creation of a $1M AmeriCorps Alum Heller School Scholarship. Denise has directed AmeriCorps projects at Communities for Children, Boston Cares, LEAP and Maine’s Promise and specializes in Life After AmeriCorps trainings. Denise holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.


Teach For America

Rio Grande Valley (McAllen, TX) - 02-04

Gene Shiau
joined Teach For America in 2002 and taught high school mathematics in McAllen, TX. When he moved to Atlanta in 2008, he volunteered on the board of the Metro Atlanta Chapter of AmeriCorps Alums for two terms, first as the communication officer and then as the president. His passion is in improving the state of K-12 STEM education. Gene studied Mathematics and Physics at Purdue University, and earned a Master’s in Education from the University of Texas – Pan American and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is currently the Senior Engineering Trainer at B&R Industrial Automation.

Andrew Womack
is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Legislative Fellow in the office of Senator John F. Kerry (MA). He crafts original legislation and analyzes policies pertaining to federal health programs, prescription drug and medical device regulation, research in the life sciences, veterans’ health, elementary and secondary education, and higher education. Before working in public policy, he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, where he studied the biology of human cytomegalovirus infection. Andrew was a member of the 2000 corps of Teach for America in Baltimore, Maryland and taught second and third grades in the Baltimore City Public School System. During his undergraduate studies, he was a research fellow at the Center for Human Genome Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a contributing author of the draft sequence of the human genome. He has Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, an M.S. in Education from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Chemistry, both from North Carolina State University. 

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