ServiceNation Announces Ken Harbaugh as Executive Director

ServiceNation, the national campaign dedicated to increasing service opportunities and elevating service as a core ideal and problem-solving strategy in America, announced today the hiring of Ken Harbaugh to serve as its new executive director.

“We are extremely pleased Ken has decided to join the ServicenNation team.  His military heritage, coupled with his experience founding and managing service-related organizations make him the ideal person to lead the ServiceNation campaign at this critical moment in time,” said Kevin Jennings, CEO of Be The Change, the parent organization behind the ServiceNation campaign.  “With an unprecedented number of troops returning from service overseas and the very idea of service in America under attack from so many disparate entities, we are revamping our internal capacities so that we are best positioned to continue protecting and preserve the role service plays in our society.  Ken is a key component of this strategy, and I know he will take the ServiceNation campaign to unforeseen levels in the years ahead.”

“It’s an honor and a privilege to once again be able to serve my country by working to improve and expand service opportunities for all Americans,” said Harbaugh.  “ServiceNation’s work in protecting funding for national service programs, sponsoring hiring fairs to help veterans find quality employment, and aiding veterans with the transition from military to civilian service are just a few of the many highlights that have earned them a reputation that is beyond compare.  I look forward to working with the ServiceNation team as well as the 285 partner organizations that comprise the ServiceNation coalition to see that our impact in 2012 builds on the impressive work the campaign has performed in the past.”

Harbaugh began his Naval career as a top pilot in the U.S. Navy.  He served as an Electronic Warfare Aircraft Commander, leading classified combat reconnaissance missions in hostile environments.  Harbaugh was also selected to attend "Top Gun" for intelligence pilots and was awarded two U.S. Naval Institute Silver Medals for his writing on civil-military relations.  He left flying to teach naval history at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.

Following his Naval service, Harbaugh attended Yale Law School where he co-founded the Yale Law Veterans Association and traveled to Afghanistan as a human rights consultant.  He also co-founded The Mission Continues, a non-profit that helps wounded and disabled veterans continue serving in their communities.  

Harbaugh taught as a guest fellow at Yale University, and has written extensively on the subject of civil-military relations and the importance of citizenship.  His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Yale Journal of International Law, Canada's National Post, Proceedings, and on National Public Radio.  He worked for two years as Associate with McKinsey and Company.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Duke University, and he holds a JD from Yale Law School.

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ServiceNation is a national campaign to increase service opportunities and elevate service as a core ideal and problem solving strategy in America.  Reaching an estimated 100 million citizen through its 285 coalition members, ServiceNation played a leading role in drafting and enacting the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which authorized the greatest expansion of national service in a generation.  The ServiceNation coalition is working to inspire a powerful culture of volunteerism in our country and envisions an America in which a commonly asked questions is ‘Where do you serve?’  For more information, visit


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