Senior Ashbrook Leader Nominated by President Obama to Serve on Federal Agency Board

December 24, 2020

The White House announced on Thursday that President Obama has nominated Victoria Hughes, Director of Development at the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, to serve on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Senate confirmation is required before Victoria can assume this part-time volunteer position that will allow Victoria to continue her important work at the Ashbrook Center.

Victoria Hughes
Victoria Hughes

Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

As the nation’s largest grantmaker for service and volunteering, the Corporation for National and Community Service plays a critical role in strengthening America’s nonprofit sector and addressing our nation’s challenges through service.

Prior to joining Ashbrook, Mrs. Hughes was Vice President for Development at the Reason Foundation and Executive Vice President of A.C. Fitzgerald & Associates from 2010 to 2012.  She was Founding President and Senior Advisor at the Bill of Rights Institute from 1999 to 2010.  From 1994 to 1999, she was Vice President for Grants at the Charles G. Koch, Claude R. Lambe, Fred and Mary Koch Foundations and Director of Corporate Philanthropy at Koch Industries, Inc.

She began her career as a classroom teacher in Cincinnati, Boston, and Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. Ms. Hughes received a B.S. from the University of Dayton.

Roger Beckett, Ashbrook’s Executive Director said, “I am proud that a key member of the Ashbrook team has been nominated by the President to serve on this Board. It is a testament to Victoria’s career-long dedication to building programs that help our nation’s youth that the President of the United States would nominate her to serve in this capacity.”

The White House’s official announcement of Mrs. Hughes’ nomination is available online at:

Personally dedicated by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, the Ashbrook Center is an independent center at Ashland University. With a budget of $4.3 million, a staff of 17, an on-staff faculty of 11, a large and growing visiting faculty, and a solid plan for growth, the Ashbrook Center has the capacity to make a critical difference in the next generation’s understanding of what it means to be an American.