MCC was proud to host Michael Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps and Sonali Nijhawan, Director of AmeriCorps State and National at its nearly completed renovation on N. 26th street in the Amani Neighborhood. YouthBuild AmeriCorps members from MCC, alongside professional trades people, have completely renovated the home which will welcome new homeowners this fall. MCC YouthBuild AmeriCorps members gain training and education while serving the Milwaukee community through new construction and gut rehabilitation of homes. Mr. Smith leads the federal AmeriCorps program through which people across the country serve their communities. Smith has dedicated his career to social justice and public service in underserved communities like those where he grew up. Most recently, he served as executive director of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and director of Youth Opportunity Programs at the Obama Foundation. Ms. Nijhawan has committed her career to developing leaders and growing national service. Most recently, she developed and served as the executive director of Stockton Service Corps, a six-year, $12 million initiative to address local needs through AmeriCorps. While not a native Milwaukeean, Ms. Nijhawan studied at Marquette University.