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Tom Sander

Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University, Executive Director

July 20, 2010
Since its founding in 1996, Tom Sander has been Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, that has brought together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multi–year discussion to develop broad–scale, actionable ideas to fortify our nation's civic connectedness. He was the project manager on the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey – the largest survey of social capital to–date (surveying over 30,000 Americans in 41 communities in 2000) – and on two panel surveys on social capital after the September 11 terrorist attacks. He helped managed the research team for Bowling Alone, in addition to providing intensive feedback at every stage of the development of Bowling Alone (2000) and Better Together (2003). Sander was the editor of the Better Together report (2000), describing promising strategies for re–engaging Americans, and has written or collaborated on approximately a dozen articles or books relating to social capital. Sander was also on the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Community (Sage Reference, 2003). Prior to taking this position, he was Director of the Fund for Social Entrepreneurs at Youth Service America and served as a senior policy advisor on national service for the U.S. Senate's Labor and Human Resources Committee, where he played a major role in the enactment of the 1993 National Service Trust Act. In addition, he has worked as a management consultant at Bain and Company and assisted Harvard University's president in negotiating and consummating some of the first debt for education swaps in the world. Sander received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and A.B. from Brown University.