Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnerships, AmeriCorps
Yasmeen Shaheen-McConnell serves in the Biden-Harris Administration as AmeriCorps’ senior advisor for strategic partnerships and acting strategic advisor for Native American affairs. AmeriCorps is the federal agency for national service and volunteering, through which it works to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service. Shaheen-McConnell’s focus is on key administration priorities, such as climate, workforce development, democracy, and partnering with Native Nations. She leads the partnerships team in the CEO’s office at the agency, which also develops interagency and public-private partnerships. Most recently, Shaheen-McConnell served as managing director of strategic partnerships at Service Year Alliance, where she led initiatives including the Serve America Together campaign and stakeholder engagement to build out the national service network. Shaheen-McConnell helped start the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, where she designed and ran a fellowship program for rising leaders across the country. She was a business development consultant with News Deeply, a new media and technology startup, and managed programs and the Arab American Institute and Foundation, including the Census Information Center.
Shaheen-McConnell is a proud AmeriCorps alumna, and served in 2008 with the Arab American Resource Corps in a community support and cultural resource position before becoming a supervisor for future members. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from Harvard Divinity School.