Mary Ellen Sprenkel has been a longtime champion for youth. Mary Ellen came to The Corps Network in March of 2008 as Director of Government Relations was appointed as CEO in October of 2012. During her tenure, Service and Conservation Corps have become better known programs to lawmakers and policymakers throughout the federal government. Legislation that would expand and bolster youth programs including Service and Conservation Corps has been routinely introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. More recently, Mary Ellen has served as a member of the Federal Advisory Committee tasked with providing recommendations to federal land management agencies on how to implement a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. In addition to her productive time at The Corps Network, she has ten years of Capitol Hill experience, including two years on the House Committee on Education and Labor handling postsecondary education, training, and lifelong learning programs. She also worked for Representatives Matthew G. Martinez (DCA) and Nydia Velazquez (DNY).