America’s Service Commissions Welcomes New Chair

October 24, 2011 – Ms. Paula Kaiser VanDam is the new Chair of America’s Service Commissions (ASC), the association for the 53 state service commissions throughout the nation. Ms VanDam was elected to the position in accordance with the ASC Bylaws. Ms. VanDam had been serving as the ASC First Vice Chair until the recent resignation from the ASC Board by Chairman Wendy Spencer due to her pending nomination by President Obama to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Ms. VanDam will serve out the remainder of Ms. Spencer’s term that expires at the ASC Annual Meeting in June 2012. However, Ms. VanDam is eligible to be elected to a full two-year term at that time.

Paula Kaiser VanDam is the Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC).  Ms. VanDam oversees one of the nation’s leading state service commissions and state mentoring partnerships – administering more than $10 million in state, federal and private funds to support local volunteer efforts.

Ms. VanDam has spent her entire career focused on national service and volunteerism. She joined the MCSC in January 1995. She has coordinated various programs and initiatives for the commission including Michigan’s AmeriCorps, Michigan CARES, Michigan’s Promise, and Mentor Michigan.  She also served as the Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in March 2009.

Ms. VanDam began her public service career in 1993 as the assistant director of the Indiana Governor’s Voluntary Action Program.  During that time, Ms. VanDam was instrumental in creating the Indiana Commission on Community Service and facilitating the development of the Indiana Association of Volunteer Centers.

Ms. VanDam is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics.  She resides in East Lansing, Michigan with her husband and two sons.

We congratulate Paula Kaiser VanDam on her new role as Chairman and thank her for her continued commitment to the association.


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