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John Gomperts Papers

Identifier: MSS149

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the Papers of John Gomperts. The collection covers the years 1965-1966, 1991-2012, with the largest portion coming from the years 1994-2001. Although there are gaps within this collection, the papers provide an overview into the work of John Gomperts during his time with the Corporation for National and Community Service. The files are generally arranged in alphabetical order unless stated otherwise.

The collection is divided into three series: Office Files, Corporation for National and Community Service Files, and Subject Files

Office Files, 1966, 1991-2012

This series consists of four main subseries: Administrative Files, Correspondence, Handwritten Notes, and News Clippings

Administrative Files, 1991-2012, contain legislative files, papers, remarks, speeches, statements, and testimonies over national service by John Gomperts, Harris Wofford, President Bill Clinton, and other well-known individuals involved in the service field.

Correspondence, 1994-2012, contain correspondence both by and for John Gomperts and Harris Wofford. This includes correspondence from Harris Wofford to President Bill Clinton, as well as schedule requests from the Corporation for National and Community Service for appearances by the President and Vice-President.

Handwritten Notes, 1995-1998, contain notes taken by John Gomperts during a variety of meetings and telephone conversations, including some at the White House.

News Clippings, 1966, 1993-2010, contain news and magazine articles about AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service, as well as general national service articles. These files are arranged chronologically.

Corporation for National and Community Service Files, 1994-2011

This series consists of documents related to the Corporation for National and Community Service. This includes materials related to AmeriCorps, as well as board of directors publications. Financial materials, reports, and papers over the Corporation are also present.

Subject Files, 1965, 1995-2011

This series consists of publications from related nonprofit organizations, foundations, and associations that appear within the collection. Some organizations include City Year, Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, National and Community Service Coalition, Peace Corps, Points of Life Foundation, and Youth Service America.


  • 1965-1966, 1991-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1994 - 2001


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Biographical Note

John Gomperts has been President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance since May 2012. Prior to joining America’s Promise, Gomperts served as Director of AmeriCorps, starting in June 2010, with a responsibility for implementing the bipartisan Kennedy Serve America Act. His work at AmeriCorps focused on demonstrating and increasing community impact and strengthening the AmeriCorps member experience.

From 2006-2010, Gomperts served as president of Civic Ventures (now, an organization devoted to promoting the engagement of millions of baby boomers in encore careers for the greater good. As CEO of Experience Corps (now AARP Experience Corps) Gomperts led a national service program that engages people over 55 to be tutors and mentors in urban public schools. He led Experience Corps through dramatic growth and exCopansion, as well as a highly successful independent evaluation of Experience Corps’ impact.

Prior to joining Civic Ventures and Experience Corps, Gomperts served in a variety of positions including COO at Public Education Network, chief of staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service, legislative director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania, and deputy director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, Gomperts practiced law and clerked for a federal judge.

Gomperts has also served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including Points of Light, VolunteerMatch, The News Literacy Project and Politics and Prose Bookstore.

Gomperts earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. in history. Gomperts is married to Katherine J. Klein, a professor of management at The Wharton School, and they have two daughters, Nora and Lily.

-This biographical note was retrieved from the Staff Page on the America's Promise Alliance Website.


2 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)


John Gomperts is the current President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance. This collection primarily focuses on his time working with the Corporation for National and Community Service, first as Chief of Staff and later as the Director of AmeriCorps.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by John Gomperts, March 2019. Includes accession A2018/19-032.

Related Materials

See also the Harris Wofford National Service Papers, the (forthcoming) America's Promise Records, and the Corporation for National and Community Service Records.

Separated Materials

One VHS tape (plus brochure) and one DVD related to the Corporation for National and Community Service have been removed from this collection to join an unprocessed collection, Corporation for National and Community Service Records.

One folder of materials related to the Independent Sector has been removed from this collection and placed in collection MSS046, Independent Sector Records, 1971-1996.



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Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
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