WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 21, 2018)– Caitlin Brooking of Jackson, Mississippi was announced as the 2018 Outstanding Commission Staff at America’s Service Commissions (ASC) Innovation and Leadership Awards reception September 12 in Arlington, Virginia. The awards program is held each year in the Washington, DC area to recognize the leadership and accomplishments of state service commission staff, commissioners, and service programs throughout the United States and its territories.

Caitlin Brooking is Deputy Director of the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, also known as Volunteer Mississippi. As Deputy, Caitlin serves alongside the Executive Director to direct internal and programmatic operations as well to develop and maintain key external partnerships. Caitlin has been an integral part of the commission since 2009. Before coming to Volunteer Mississippi, Caitlin was Director of Programs at Hands On Gulf Coast and Special Assistant to the CEO of City Year, Inc. in Boston.

A natural leader, Caitlin has played an integral role in developing and enhancing relationships with external partners for Volunteer Mississippi such as the Mississippi Association for Grantmakers, the Mississippi Center for Non-Profits, Mississippi State University, and the AmeriCorps NCCC Southern Region campus in Vicksburg. Caitlin has also built a strong partnership with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Mississippi Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MVOAD). As a result, the state has been able to train over 200 disaster reservists to help support and manage Volunteer Reception Centers if and when a disaster strikes.

Caitlin also serves as Volunteer Mississippi’s resident data expert. Caitlin’s “Design with Data” workshops have enabled them to partner with the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi to host workshops for nonprofits across the state. Caitlin has served on several national committees under ASC and volunteered to mentor commission staff in other states.

“There is no way that I can describe or measure the added value that Caitlin has brought to the Commission in her role as Deputy Director,” said Monica Ritchie, Executive Director of Volunteer Mississippi. “Her optimism, work ethic, innovative thinking, and enthusiasm make it a joy to come to work each day. She is a motivator and the glue that holds her team together.”

2018 ASC Innovation & Leadership Award Recipients:

Friend of America’s Service Commissions: Senator Roy Blunt (Missouri)

State Service Leadership Award: Governor John Hickenlooper (Colorado)

Outstanding Commissioner: Kate Kelly (Minnesota)

Outstanding Commission Executive Director: Scott McFarland (Illinois)

Outstanding Commission Staff: Caitlin Brooking (Mississippi)

Outstanding Commission Staff: Ia Moua (California)

Outstanding Service Program: YWCA of Central Alabama AmeriCorps (Alabama)

“We’re pleased to present Caitlin Brooking with this honor,” said Kaira Esgate, CEO of America’s Service Commissions. “Caitlin’s visionary leadership has benefitted not only Mississippi, but the greater AmeriCorps and state service commission network as a role model and advocate for service.”

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About Volunteer Mississippi

Our story — the story of volunteerism in Mississippi — is about service as a way of life.  It’s about leadership in our communities, our schools and our churches.  And it’s about results — statewide, volunteers and national service members are getting things done, making a difference for our children, our seniors, our veterans and military families.  More information about Volunteer Mississippi and all its programs can be found at www.volunteermississippi.org.

 About America’s Service Commissions

America’s Service Commissions (ASC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing and promoting the 52 state service commissions across the United States and territories with the mission to lead and elevate the state service network. State service commissions are governor-appointed public agencies or nonprofit organizations made up of more than 1,000 commissioners, private citizens leading the nation’s service movement and administering 80 percent of the federal AmeriCorps funds to address pressing community needs. Learn more at  statecommissions.org.