Obama picks Nike V.P. to oversee national service programs

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is picking a Nike vice president to lead the federal agency that oversees the country’s national service programs.Obama’s selection of Maria Eitel comes Tuesday as the president plans to sign a bill to triple the size of AmeriCorps and expand other programs that the corporation administers.

Eitel is nominated to be chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a job that requires Senate confirmation.

Eitel is also the president of Nike Inc.’s charitable arm, the Nike Foundation. She served under President George H.W. Bush as deputy director of media relations and later as special assistant to the president for media affairs.