Speaker Spotlight

Shirley Sagawa

Shirley Sagawa served as a presidential appointee in both the first Bush and Clinton administrations. She was First Lady Hillary Clinton’s first policy assistant and later deputy chief of staff. While in government, she drafted  AmeriCorps legislation and helped lead the start up of the Corporation for National and Community Service for President Bill Clinton. Under President George H. W. Bush, she helped to start and served as vice chair of the Commission on National and Community Service. A national expert on children and youth policy, Shirley Sagawa has been called a “founding mother of the modern service movement” for her work.