Candace Bacchus Hollingsworth has a passion for service and improving the effectiveness of public sector organizations to advance their missions. She has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector having assumed roles ranging from grants manager to virtual CFO and has managed projects of all sizes. Candace serves as the Director of AmeriCorps Programs at The Corps Network, where she oversees an AmeriCorps program that engages over 900 opportunity youth in national service through conservation and environmental stewardship.
She most recently served as mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland where she was the youngest and first African American mayor in the city’s history. As mayor, Candace championed policies and programs that improved outcomes for young people, expanded opportunities for marginalized communities, and charted a path toward shared prosperity. Candace stepped down as mayor in December 2020 to grow Our Black Party, a political organization established to help lead a national agenda to create lasting change in the everyday lives of Black people nationwide as its national co-chair.
Candace is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Georgetown University. She is a board member for the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center, a Sisters on the Planet Ambassador for Oxfam America, and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. You can read more about her thoughts and work here.