Independent Sector Announces the Selection of 2011 American Express NGen Fellows

(WASHINGTON, June 3, 2011)—Independent Sector is pleased to announce the selection of the 2011 cohort of American Express NGen Fellows. The American Express NGen Fellows Program honors twelve under-40 leaders at IS member organizations. This selective fellowship program continues to build the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as part of IS’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative.

The 2011 American Express NGen Fellows are:

  • Angie Chen, program officer, S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, San Francisco, CA
  • Reynaldo Decerega, director of leadership programs, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Washington, DC
  • Kevin Flynn, director of recruitment and candidate services, Commongood Careers, Boston, MA
  • Elisha Gilliam, senior associate, child welfare strategy group, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD
  • Roxanne Hanson, director of education and consulting, Tides, San Francisco, CA
  • Ayofemi Kirby, director of strategy and programs,, Washington, DC
  • Amy Lazarus, executive director, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, Washington, DC
  • Dan McCabe, chief development officer, Network for Good, Bethesda, MD
  • Jane Mugo, director, internal controls, Habitat for Humanity International, Atlanta, GA
  • Claire Neal, senior director for mission, LIVESTRONG, Austin, TX
  • Mayur Patel, vice president, strategy and assessment, Knight Foundation, Miami, FL
  • Lisa Flick Wilson, director of strategic partnerships, The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, Bethesda, MD

The American Express NGen Fellows program gives emerging leaders an exceptional opportunity to strengthen their capacity for future impact. Over the course of nine months, fellows collaborate with other talented under-40 leaders, interact with established mentors, and contribute to Independent Sector's work on nonprofit impact and leadership.

“These outstanding leaders are dynamic individuals and visionaries,” said Independent Sector President and CEO Diana Aviv. “We have great confidence in their capacity to lead our sector for generations to come.”

The American Express NGen Fellows Program offers these twelve professionals a rare opportunity to build their capacity to better shape the future of the nonprofit community.  This program offers online and in-person activities that will help nurture fellows’ leadership skills, strengthen their professional networks, and elevate the visibility of this cohort’s accomplishments on a national level. Over the course of their fellowship, they will also embark on a major keystone project that will positively impact the sector.

“Independent Sector and the NGen Fellows Program shine a well-deserved spotlight on talented leaders who are making a tremendous impact in their communities,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “We commend this year’s Fellows for their impressive accomplishments and are pleased to support them as they address the challenges that our society faces today.”

The program runs July 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012, anchored by the IS Annual Conference in Chicago, October 30- November 1.

American Express, the lead sponsor of the American Express NGen Fellows Program, is a major contributor to the development of emerging nonprofit leaders through their Foundation’s philanthropic giving initiative committed to leadership.

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To read bios for each of the 2011 American Express NGen Fellows, visit: 

Independent Sector is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of approximately 550 charities, foundations, and corporate philanthropy programs, collectively representing tens of thousands of charitable groups in every state across the nation. Its mission is to advance the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community. To learn more about Independent Sector, please visit:

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One of American Express' three philanthropic platforms, Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow, recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit sector. American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century.

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