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Shriver Center President John Bouman Announces End of Tenure

Organization to identify new leader for 2020

December 12, 2018

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Shriver Center President John Bouman Announces End of Tenure

Organization to identify new leader for 2020

CHICAGO—John Bouman, a tireless advocate at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law for more than twenty years and President of the organization since 2007, has announced that he will end his tenure of leadership in late 2019. The organization will begin the search for a new President and CEO to assume the role in 2020.

Bouman underscores that it is the right time to have a new leader and fresh direction for the critical next chapter for the Shriver Center, which recently marked its 50-year anniversary. The Shriver Center has built several multi-state networks, implemented a racial justice focus towards its poverty work, and grown an outstanding team. The organization has its strongest senior leadership team ever and has added talented and diverse staff across all programs, providing a vigorous internal pipeline of talent and ongoing action and impact.

“I remain deeply committed to our mission, and I am excited to support the Shriver Center’s work and advocacy from a new vantage point,” said Bouman. “The organization has all the right assets in place to ensure continuity and growth. We are moving from strength to strength.”

As President of the Shriver Center, Bouman has been a pragmatic and fearless champion for people in poverty. He led the organization in advancing healthcare access for tens of thousands across the state of Illinois, launched the Legal Impact Network, connecting more than 30 law and policy organizations across the country, has served as an esteemed policy advisor to legislators including President Barack Obama, and has been a mentor to countless poverty lawyers across Chicago and the nation.

Bouman has worked closely with the Board of Directors and senior management at the Shriver Center to develop a succession and leadership transition plan. The Board of Directors will lead the search process for a new President and CEO who will head the organization’s work towards justice, opportunity and racial equity for people living in poverty. A Leadership Transition Committee, consisting of board members and senior management of the Shriver Center, will support that process.

“We are immensely thankful to John for his tremendous partnership and compassionate leadership, and we know he will always be in our corner.” said Board Chair Debbie Chizewer. “We have prepared for this transition carefully, and we look forward to identifying and embracing the next leader.”


The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. We specialize in practical solutions. We advocate for and serve clients directly, while also building the capacity of the nation’s legal aid providers to advance justice and opportunity for their clients.

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