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Barbara Stewart
Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Stewart was unanimously confirmed in February 2018 as Chief Executive Officer of AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and volunteering.

AmeriCorps, formerly the Corporation for National and Community Service, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. More than 270,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve through over 2,000 organizations at 40,000 locations across the country. 

Barbara is passionate about the agency’s service mission and the ways it strengthens communities, develops individuals, fosters civic engagement, and brings people from different backgrounds together to solve problems. As CEO, Barbara has focused on modernizing the agency’s business operations, strengthening customer service, building sustainability, and raising awareness for service opportunities in order to position national service for future growth.

Prior to leading AmeriCorps, she held leadership roles in the private sector, including more than a decade as a senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase, and in state government. In addition, Barbara has spent many years helping nonprofits better fulfill their missions. She has chaired multiple nonprofit civic organizations and helped found a charter school in Chicago.

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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