International Volunteers Ventures, LLC
HOPE Global Board of Advisors Member Since August 2009
Jack Hawkins has played a key role in the recent growth of national volunteer service having led important initiatives of the White House and the US Agency for International Development.
Currently, Hawkins serves as founder and president of The Global Volunteer Partnership, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) organization based in Alexandria, Virginia that is developing resources to enable skilled American volunteers and US nonprofits and companies to contribute to global development through projects targeting economic growth, education, health, the environment, information technology and agriculture.
Hawkins is also founder and principal of International Volunteer Ventures, LLC (INVOLVE), an Alexandria, Virginia-based consulting firm that provides nonprofits, associations and companies with advisory services for building or strengthening global volunteer programs and public-private partnerships and for pursuing other efforts related to “corporate social responsibility” or CSR.
Prior to establishing The Global Volunteer Partnership and INVOLVE, Hawkins served as the principal officer for volunteer-related programs, initiatives and public diplomacy activities at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition to advising two congressionally-authorized international volunteer programs and leading USAID’s own “corporate volunteer” program, Hawkins directed Volunteers for Prosperity, a White House initiative to promote international voluntary service by skilled American professionals. Under his leadership, VFP helped to mobilize nearly 120,000 skilled Americans as volunteers abroad through a network of over 300 US nonprofits and companies.
Hawkins’ efforts on behalf of VFP from the time it was established through executive order in late 2003 through early 2009, supported calls from prominent national leaders, including President George W. Bush and Senators Edward M. Kennedy and Orrin Hatch, that the initiative be made permanent. Indeed, VFP was authorized through the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act of 2009 signed by President Barack Obama on April 21, 2009.
Before leading VFP, Hawkins served as an advisor to USAID’s newly created Global Development Alliance Secretariat and led the development of innovative public-private alliances in financial services, healthcare and information and communications technology. Prior to joining the administration of President George W. Bush in 2002, he held senior positions in nonprofit management, telecommunications, international consulting and banking.
Hawkins holds a BA in political science from the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.