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Profile 1: John Pinkney

“From Service Member to Staff Member”

CPDC was introduced to John Pinkney in 2011 through Public Allies, a signature AmeriCorps program that identifies diverse young adults and prepares them for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training.

Pinkney was placed at Mayfair Mansions as a Resident Engagement Associate. Throughout his term, he supported the ongoing engagement of residents at the community center at Mayfair Mansions, including the Senior Café Volunteers and youth across the community.

He also managed and brought life to the garden club, connected the Public Allies DC cohort to service projects and supported resident services managers in fostering numerous partnerships and programs.

“Volunteering is an opportunity to build community,” said Pinkney. “For most of my life I didn’t have an opportunity to connect with my community, but my service allowed me to connect with people completely different from myself that I normally wouldn’t interact with.”

In addition to community-building, Pinkney successfully transformed his volunteerism into a career.

From left to right: John Pinkney and Volunteer Ethel Alexander

Following a successful first term, he was invited back to Mayfair Mansion for a second Public Ally year and subsequently joined CPDC as a full-time staff member where he has worked for three years. 

Civic service not only helps the community grow but also adds invaluable experience that can be the foundation for a career.


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