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Our Team

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Ben Carver, AmeriCorps Program Manager (he/him)

I was raised in an agricultural family in the high desert of central Oregon, and left home to attend college in the rainier part of the state at the University of Oregon. Job opportunities after college have led me all over the globe, while always returning to the Northwest when I can. I completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member, first in the high Rockies of Colorado with a watershed protection and education organization, and later supporting initiatives across Oregon to advance racial justice and equity in access to education. In my current role as the JVC Northwest AmeriCorps Program Manager, I’m grateful for the opportunity to translate my service experiences to benefit our partner agencies and the many individual JVs serving throughout the Northwest.

I am a committed prison abolitionist, volunteering for over a decade to support members of our community held in federal detention facilities. My belief that our world should have no place for people to be held in cages has led me to seek deeper understanding of alternative systems of justice, through which journey I became a certified mediator. True to my roots in rural Oregon, I spend time outside of work and volunteering with activities like blacksmithing and fly fishing.

Want to contact Ben? Email him or contact him at 971.353.6800.


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Upcoming Virtual Events

Get to Know JVC Northwest

Thursday, October 28 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A.

Zayna Abusada

JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.

Catch Zayna at an Event Near You!


10/5/2021Pepperdine UniversityVirtualCareers with Social Impact Fair
10/6/2021Saint Mary’s College (CA)VirtualCareer & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Loyola New Orleans/UNOVirtualJoint Fall Job & Internship Fair
10/7/2021Spring Hill CollegeVirtualBadger Career Expo Day 2
10/13/2021Gonzaga UniversityIn PersonPost Grad Service Fair
10/13/2021Ohio UniversityVirtualGovernment, Nonprofit, and Service Fair
10/16/2021Ignatian Family Teach-InVirtualBreakout Session and Exhibiting
10/18/2021University of DaytonVirtualBeyond UD Fair: Post Graduate Volunteer Programs
10/20/2021Xavier UniversityIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/20/2021Boise StateIn PersonCareer Fair
10/21/2021University of DaytonIn PersonPost-Grad Service Fair
10/21/2021UC Santa BarbaraVirtualSocial Service Fair