Harris Wofford

Harris Wofford is co-chair (along with Alma Powell) of the America’s Promise Alliance for children and youth.

He retired in 2001 from his position as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a position he took up after leaving the U.S. Senate where he represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 17 years. In the Senate, Mr. Wofford played a key role in the legislation establishing the CNCS and, with Representative John Lewis, initiated and authored the act establishing Martin Luther King Day as a day of service – a day on, not a day off.

Prior to entering the Senate, Mr. Wofford served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry in the 1980s. In the late 1960s and through the 1970s, Mr. Wofford worked in academia, as President of the State University of New York’s new College at Old Westbury, and then as President of Bryn Mawr College. Before that, in the 1950s, Mr. Wofford was an advisor to Martin Luther King, served as counsel to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and then worked as an associate professor at Notre Dame Law School. When Senator John Kennedy ran for President, Mr. Wofford joined the campaign as a civil rights coordinator. Upon Kennedy’s election, Mr. Wofford served as the President’s Special Assistant for Civil Rights (1961-62) and helped Sargent Shriver launch the Peace Corps.

Mr. Wofford has served his country for more than sixty years, starting with the Army Air Corps in World War II and continuing through government and community service during the terms of ten Presidents.