The America250 effort is led by a dynamic group of Americans from a wide range of backgrounds focused on commemorating this significant milestone.
U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission
The U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission was established by Congress. It is the official body tasked with planning and orchestrating the 250th anniversary of the United States of America.
This nonpartisan, nonpolitical Commission was appointed by the House and Senate leadership of both parties after Congress unanimously passed the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Act in 2016. Today, this official Commission of the U.S. government is composed of 16 private citizens, 4 U.S. Representatives and 4 Senators, along with 12 ex officio members representing all three branches of Government (Executive, Legislative, and Judicial) as well other quasi-governmental and independent Federal agencies.
The America250 Foundation is the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. The Foundation works collaboratively with the Commission to provide a robust public-private partnership to bring the vision for America250 to life. The Foundation is led by President and CEO, Joseph C. Daniels, who works alongside the Board of Directors, and leads a dedicated staff focused on planning and executing the Commission’s vision and legislative charge.
The Congressional America250 Caucus provides a forum for lawmakers to share their interest in America’s 250th anniversary and promote an awareness of the subject on Capitol Hill. It serves as a valuable resource for lawmakers and Congressional staff as planning for America250 continues to evolve.
To ensure that America250 is the largest and most inclusive commemoration in American history, 11 Advisory Councils have been created to work in collaboration with the America250 Foundation. The councils are tasked with increasing the Foundation’s inclusiveness, expanding its capacity and connection to potential partners and stakeholders, and facilitating program development, implementation, and social impact.