At a reception in Arlington, VA, Governor Terry Branstad, was announced as the 2015 State Service Leadership Award recipient as part of America’s Service Commissions Annual Reception and Awards. The award recognizes state and local leaders championing the role of national service and volunteering in their communities.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been an essential partner in the national service and volunteering movement for decades. Serve was part of his first inaugural address in 1983 and again as part of his inauguration in 2011. Governor Branstad recognizes service and volunteering as powerful tools to engage citizens and achieve state priorities, and is playing an active role in scaling results-driven service opportunities in Iowa. His leadership has served as a model for other states seeking to expand service initiatives.
In 1994, Governor Branstad created the Iowa Commission on National and Community Service to administer and support the state’s AmeriCorps programs. In 2010, he reignited the state’s dedication to service by including “a commitment to service” among five “New Covenants” between Government and the people that would guide his Administration’s work. Most recently, Governor Branstad launched the Governor’s Council on National Service which engages leaders from state agencies, higher education, and the private sector to develop strategies for expanding service opportunities across the state.
“The Council’s work helped to develop new AmeriCorps State programs and developed state legislation to increase funding for national service programs,” said Adam Lounsbury, executive director of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service.
“We’re pleased to present Governor Branstad with the State Service Leadership Award,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “Governor Branstad has been a steadfast champion for service and state service commissions throughout his years in office. He understands the critical role service has in engaging citizens to meet pressing community needs.”