Patrick Corvington Named Chief of Staff at CLASP

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2024 – The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) today announced that Patrick Corvington will join as its first-ever chief of staff. CLASP created this new role to meet organizational needs borne out of growth in recent years.

“Patrick brings significant experience relevant to CLASP’s needs, including expertise in managing change at nonprofit organizations, valuable personal life experiences, and a deep commitment to doing the hard work needed to achieve racial, gender, economic, and social justice more broadly,” said Indivar Dutta-Gupta CLASP President and Executive Director. “Patrick is passionate about CLASP and places great value on building strong relationships—the sorts of relationships that I believe are essential to winning the social changes we need in this country.”

Corvington’s experiences are vast and deep in the nonprofit, government, and philanthropic sectors. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service in the Obama Administration. His decades-long career also includes senior roles at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, among others, along with policy research experience at the Urban Institute and community-level work with migrant farm workers early in his career.

A Haitian American, Corvington received the Outstanding American by Choice award during his tenure in President Obama’s administration. He was honored for a lifelong commitment to social justice that led him to serve in leadership capacities in various contexts.

John King, Chancellor of the State University of New York and former U.S. Secretary of Education, said, “I have long admired Patrick’s passion and commitment to social justice. Having both served in President Obama’s administration, I know Patrick to be a dedicated leader and strategic thinker working to end poverty and social inequality.”

“Patrick’s passion for social justice has led him to serve in diverse capacities – from grassroots organizing to the highest levels of philanthropy and government. His enduring commitment has never wavered,” said Echoing Green President Cheryl Dorsey.

Corvington will begin his tenure at CLASP on March 4, 2024.

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The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) is a national, nonpartisan, anti-poverty organization advancing a policy vision rooted in economic, racial, social, and gender justice for people with low incomes, with a focus on addressing systemic racism as the primary cause of poverty for communities of color.