Information on CNCS Staff Roles

CNCS CEO, Wendy Spencer

On April 9, 2012, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Wendy Spencer to serve as CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Spencer is the co-chair of the President’s Task Force on Expanding National Service and her efforts to engage elected officials include creating the annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort engaging more than 1,000 mayors in recognizing the impact of national service and expressing appreciation for Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and volunteerism.

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Director of AmeriCorps State and National

The Director of AmeriCorps State and National is responsible for the strategy and overall direction of the AmeriCorps State and National department at CNCS.


Deputy Director

The Deputy Director supervises senior level staff and oversees the unit’s operations.


Senior Program Officers

Senior Program Officers (SPOs) supervise Program Officers and serve as Program Officers for a limited number of AmeriCorps grantees.

Senior Program and Project Specialists

Senior Program and Project Specialists (SPPSs) are responsible for critical unit core operations such as the AmeriCorps grant review process, performance measurement data collection and reporting, internal controls, training, and technical assistance.

Program Officers

Program Officers (POs) review progress reports and monitor grants for compliance with AmeriCorps requirements. Program Officers can answer questions about grant policies and application instructions. Program Officers work closely with other units at CNCS to provide quality support to programs and will assist in connecting to other personnel at the Corporation, as necessary.

Grants Officers

Grant Officers (GOs) work in the Office of Grants Management (OGM) and are responsible for fiscal issues concerning CNCS grants. The Program Officer will provide you with the name and contact information for each commission’s Grants Officer. Grants Officers review Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) and monitor financial management systems for compliance with AmeriCorps requirements. Please copy the commission’s Program Officer on correspondence sent to Grants Officers.

CNCS State Office

CNCS also operates offices in each state. These offices are responsible for administering AmeriCorps*VISTA projects as well as the three Senior Corps programs and NCCC. The CNCS employees in these locations assist with the monitoring of National AmeriCorps programs sites, solicit and review Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service grants in their states, and participate in cross‐program planning initiatives, including development of State Service Plans. One of them, usually the state office director, serves as an ex‐officio member of the State Service Commission. The New Mexico State Office Program Director is Michael Garcia.

CNCS State Offices are federal offices staffed by federal employees in the US states and territories. They conduct public outreach and program support. They are directly responsible for developing grants and projects, and for overseeing all Senior Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA projects. Each CNCS State Office works closely with the governor-appointed State Service Commission in its state, and the State Office Director serves as an ex-officio member of the commission. Contact the CNCS State Office for more information about Senior Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA projects in our state. Visit for the contacts in other states.

CNCS State Office

New Mexico

Michael Garcia
120 S. Federal Place, Room 315
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2026

Phone: 505-988-6577
Fax: 505-988-6661


CNCS Area Managers manage a cluster or region of CNCS State Offices. Area Managers allocate resources to support each state’s AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps grants and programs.

Office of Inspector General

CNCS’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducts and supervises independent and objective audits, evaluations, and investigations of CNCS’s programs and operations. Based on the results of these audits, reviews, and investigations, the OIG recommends policies to promote economy and efficiency and to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse in CNCS’s programs and operations

The OIG conducts and supervises audits of CNCS grantees, as well as legislatively mandated audits and reviews. The legislatively mandated audits include the annual financial statement audit, and fulfilling the requirements of the Government Information Security Reform Act and its successor, the Federal Information Security Management Act. A risk-based approach, along with input received from CNCS management, is used to select grantees and grants for audit. The OIG hires audit firms to conduct some of its audits. The OIG audit staff is available to discuss its audit function, and can be reached at (202) 606-9390

The OIG is available to offer assistance to AmeriCorps grantees that become aware of suspected criminal activity in connection with the AmeriCorps program. Grantees should immediately contact the OIG when they first suspect that a criminal violation has occurred, the OIG investigative staff is available to provide guidance and ensure that the appropriate law enforcement agency is notified, if required. The OIG may be reached by email at or by telephone (800) 452-8210.