Message from our
Chair and President

Once & Future IS

There is treasure to be found in old filing cabinets!

“We mustn’t ever become so preoccupied with institutional self-preservation that we forget our vision of the sector… in which you’re allowed to pursue truth, even if you’re going in the wrong direction, to experiment even if you’re bound to fail, to map unknown territory even if you get lost, a sector committed to alleviate misery and redress grievances, to give rein to the mind’s curiosity and the soul’s longing, to seek beauty where we can and defend truth where we must… to prepare for tomorrow’s crisis and preserve yesterday’s wisdom…”

Veterans of our coalition may recognize these words as belonging to our founding chairman, John Gardner, spoken more than 30 years ago but just as relevant today, and tomorrow. Preparing for tomorrow’s crisis and preserving yesterday’s wisdom is precisely the task we set for ourselves in 2014.

We have developed long-range goals covering 20 years or more, a framework for achieving them, and a short-term plan that lays the groundwork for success. We looked hard at the principal challenges IS and the sector are encountering, including:
• National and global-level forces
• The context for pursuing social impact, and:
• Uncertainties regarding government.

In 2015 we are pulling those threads through dynamic community conversations with social good champions in a dozen cities or more. As we identify bright spots and sticky problems, we also seek to learn how IS can better serve the sector – and our embattled democracy.

While our goal is re-invention, we bring our storied past and the wisdom of our founders along with us — always remembering that our search for growth and renewal is not about our institution per se, but about our mission and purpose.


  Neil Nicoll
  Chair


    Diana Aviv
    President and CEO


 
 
 


Life has got a habit of not staying hitched. You’ve got to ride it like you find it.

– Woody Guthrie

2015 BOARD OF DIRECTORS*

*The following Board Members commenced their term of service on November 17, 2014

Chair

Neil Nicoll
President Emeritus
YMCA of the USA

Vice Chair

Steven J. McCormick
CEO
Earth Genome Project

Treasurer

Lorie A. Slutsky
President
The New York Community Trust

Secretary

Kelvin Taketa
President and CEO
Hawai'i Community Foundation

At Large Executive Committee Member

Jeffrey L. Bradach
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
The Bridgespan Group

Barbara R. Arnwine
Executive Director
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Diana Aviv
President and CEO
Independent Sector

Robert W. Briggs
President
Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education

Kyle Caldwell
Program Director, Pathways Out of Poverty
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Sonya Campion*
President
Campion Advocacy Fund

Dan Cardinali*
President
Communities in Schools

Julie Floch
Partner
EisnerAmper, LLP

Jim Gibbons*
President and CEO
Goodwill Industries International

Irene Hirano Inouye
President
The U.S.-Japan Council

Ron Kagan
Executive Director and CEO
Detroit Zoological Society

Larry Kramer*
President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts

Timothy J. McClimon
President
American Express Foundation

Bernard J. Milano
President and Trustee
KPMG Foundation

Michael S. Piraino
Chief Executive Officer
National CASA

Paul Schmitz
Senior Advisor
Collective Impact Forum

Roberto Suro (stepped down in January 2015)
Professor of Journalism and Public Policy
The University of Southern California

Sandra L. Vargas
President and CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation

Darren Walker* (began in interim capacity in April 2014)
President
Ford Foundation

COMMITTEE CHAIRS

2015 Conference Host Committee

Alberto Ibargüen
President and CEO
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

2015 Conference Program Committee

Mariam C. Noland
President
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

2015 Conference Program Committee

Sandra L. Vargas
President and CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation

Audit Committee

Bernard J. Milano
President and Trustee
KPMG Foundation

Executive Committee

Neil Nicoll
President Emeritus
YMCA of the USA
Fund Development Committee

Fund Development Committee

Sonya Campion
President
Campion Advocacy Fund

Investment Subcommittee

Ruth Wernig
Chief Investment Officer
The California Endowment

John W. Gardner Leadership Award

Ron Kagan
Executive Director and CEO
Detroit Zoological Society

Governance and Nominating Committee

Timothy J. McClimon
President
American Express Foundation

Networks and Member Engagement Committee

Robert L. Lynch
President and CEO
Americans for the Arts

C-Suite Advisory Committee

Richard Parnell
Chief Operating Officer
United Nations Foundation

NGen Advisory Group

Amber Cruz Mohring
Strategy Officer for Convening
Lumina Foundation

American Express NGen Leadership Award Selection Committee

Kyle Caldwell
Program Director, Pathways Out of Poverty
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

American Express NGen Fellows Selection Committee

Barbara R. Arnwine
Executive Director
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Programs and Practice Committee

Irene Hirano Inouye
President
U.S.-Japan Council

Public Policy Committee

Sandra L. Vargas
President and CEO
The Minneapolis Foundation

Strategic Planning Advisory Group

Steven J. McCormick
CEO
Earth Genome Project

Staff List

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

Diana Aviv
President and CEO

Habib Bako
Executive Assistant

Jeffrey Moore
Vice President, Strategy and Special Initiatives

Gina Catedrilla Strickland
Director, Office of the President

Claire S. Wellington
Senior Vice President, Governance and Special Projects

PUBLIC POLICY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Geoff Plague
Vice President, Public Policy

Allison Grayson
Director, Policy Development and Analysis

Laura Lattimer
Associate, Public Policy

Mark McDevitt
Assistant, Government Relations

Sarah Perz
Senior Government Relations Representative

Sally Schaeffer
Director, Government Relations

Rebecca Vucic
Associate, Advocacy Strategy and Mobilization

Sarah Wachtel
Director, Advocacy Strategy and Mobilization

NETWORKS AND MEMBER ENGAGEMENT

Erica Greeley
Vice President, Networks and Member Engagement

Troy Adkins
Director, Networks and Member Engagement

Lindsay Grimes
Senior Associate, Networks and Member Engagement

Ryan Murphy
Associate, Networks and Member Engagement

Elyse Sherman
Manager, Data and Analysis

CONVENINGS AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING

Nadine Jalandoni
Vice President, Convenings and Knowledge Sharing

Liza Avruch
Senior Associate, Convenings and Knowledge Sharing

Liz Culkin
Director, Conference and Event Management

Xion Lester
Associate, Conference and Event Management

PROGRAMS AND PRACTICE

Amanda Broun
Vice President, Programs and Practice

Kendall Joyner
Director, Programs and Practice

Marie LeBlanc
Senior Associate, Programs and Practice

Pickett Slater Harrington
Manager, Programs and Practice

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

Candy Hill
Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Christian Clansky
Director of Marketing

Susan Drake Swift
Editorial Director and Grant Writer

Blake Warenik
Online Communications and Media Relations Manager

Ashton Wingate
Associate, Communications and Marketing

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Andrew Gossett
Director, Foundation Relations

Matt Perdoni
Director, Business Development

Debra Rainey
Manager, Grants Development

Andrew Williams
Manager, Resource Development and Conference Support

OPERATIONS

Itzel Almazan
Assistant, Operations

Tyrone Brown
Office Services Coordinator

Sheila Flick
Director, CRM Database and Technology

Danielle T. Maxwell
Director, Talent Management and Administration

Carolyn Mollen
Chief Financial Officer

Rob Watkins
Manager, Finance and Accounting