Sterling Speirn

National Conference on Citizenship

Sterling Speirn became the Chief Executive Officer of the National Conference on Citizenship in 2017. He is the immediate past President and CEO of the Peninsula Community Foundation now the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (PCF, 1992-2005), the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF, 2006-2013), and the Stupski Foundation (2015).  Before his career in community, private and family foundations, Mr. Speirn got started in corporate philanthropy leading the Community Grants program at Apple Computer (1986-1990).

From these philanthropic platforms, Sterling has been a long-time investor in efforts to promote civic and community engagement as well as service and volunteering.  He has championed support for local and national dialogues in partnership with organizations such as America Speaks, the National Center for Deliberative Democracy, Public Agenda, the Harwood Institute, Everyday Democracy, and many others.

Speirn began his career as a 7th and 8th grade English Teacher in Cleveland, Ohio.  He also has worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.; practiced law in North Carolina; and managed a large community health center in Arcata, California.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University and holds a law degree from the University of Michigan. 

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