President and CEO
Diana Aviv is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs. By representing tens of thousands of organizations across the country, Independent Sector advances the common good by leading, strengthening, and mobilizing the charitable community.
Diana is a frequent speaker on trends in and key issues for the sector. She has testified before Congress and has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC.com.
Diana also served as executive director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector, convened by Independent Sector at the encouragement of the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee. This independent panel recommended actions to strengthen the governance, transparency, and accountability of public charities and private foundations, many of which were enacted into law. The Panel also issued the Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice: A Guide for Charities and Foundations. More than 150,000 have been distributed to members of the nonprofit community.
Diana came to Independent Sector in 2003 after spending nine years at the Jewish Federations of North America as their vice president for public policy and director of its Washington Action Office. Diana focused on federal legislation and regulations, particularly policies affecting health and human service organizations.
Diana was formerly associate executive vice chair at the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, director of programs for the National Council of Jewish Women, and director of a comprehensive program to serve battered women and their families. She had a private psychotherapy practice in New York and New Jersey and has served as an expert witness in capital cases in New Jersey.
In December 2010, President Obama appointed Diana to the White House Council for Community Solutions that mobilizes citizens, nonprofits, businesses, and government to solve community needs. A founding board member of the Outcomes and Effective Practices Portal, Diana serves on the board of governors of the Partnership for Public Service and the National Commission on Civic Investment in Public Education, as well as on the board of directors for the Southern Africa Legal Services Foundation. She is a member of the advisory boards of the Comptroller General’s at the Government Accountability Office, the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and the Centers on the Public Service of George Mason University.
She was previously a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents’ Committee on Governance, the board of directors for GuideStar and the National Council on Aging, and the advisory board for the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law. A native of South Africa, Diana graduated with a B.S.W. from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and received a master’s degree in social work at Columbia University.
Vice President, Programs and Practice
Amanda Broun is the vice president of programs and practice at Independent Sector. In her role, Amanda leads efforts to strengthen leadership, accountability, and effectiveness in nonprofit organizations of all sizes and missions. Amanda has years of experience supporting nonprofits through policy, program, and capacity building, most recently at Public Education Network (PEN), a network of community-based public education advocacy organizations. Prior to PEN she served as Chief Education Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. As counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources, Amanda drafted legislation and committee reports, including the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She frequently represented Committee Chairman, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, in negotiations with staff from all branches of government.
Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Michael Goff is the senior vice president and chief development officer at Independent Sector. Michael has more than 25 years of senior executive experience including development, communications, and a long-standing interest in government, public policy, and nonprofit institutions. Michael served for 21 years as the vice president for development and college relations at Loyola College in Maryland. During his tenure, he led five major capital campaigns, raising over $200 million in annual and capital support for the university. Michael also managed external relations, community relations, and media relations. Previously he served as director of planning and development at The Gilman School, also in Baltimore, from 1982 to 1987, and was director of advancement and special assistant to the president at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pennsylvania, from 1977 to 1979.
Vice President, Networks and Member Engagement
Erica Greeley leads Independent Sector’s efforts to expand and engage its diverse network. Erica’s role includes strengthening IS’s current membership, while investigating how people, organizations, and networks can best work together in today’s dynamic environment. Erica joined IS in 2007 as Director, Strategic Initiatives.
Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Special Projects
Nadine Jalandoni is vice president for research, evaluation and special projects at Independent Sector. Her responsibilities include providing research support to departments across the organization; promoting organizational effectiveness; contributing to strategic planning; and developing and managing the program content for the IS Annual Conference. She has been with IS since 1999 and worked on IS’s Giving and Volunteering series, in addition to co-authoring two key nonprofit resource publications, The Nonprofit Almanac, and Social Justice Grantmaking.
Nadine serves on various nonprofit research advisory committees and is responsible for calculating the annual dollar value of volunteer time. She has been involved in managing the IS international program and represented IS at the CIVICUS Global Assemblies. During this time she also co-chaired the Steering Committee of the Affinity Group of National Associations (AGNA). Prior to Independent Sector, Nadine worked as associate executive director for a major corporate foundation in the Philippines, as research manager for the United Way of Southeastern PA, and other research positions with nonprofits and consultancy firms. She holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in international development from American University.
Chief Operating Officer
Terri O'Brien works to ensure that Independent Sector’s infrastructure and financial plans cohesively support the strategic direction and advance the mission of the organization. Terri oversees accounting, finance, human resources, and administration and brings her finance and business expertise to the CEO and senior leadership team. Prior to joining Independent Sector in April 2010, Terri worked six years as the CFO and vice President of finance and administration development at BoardSource, where she played a key role in developing and implementing two strategic plans and aligning people, processes, and financial resources.
For 15 years, Terri held a variety of roles at World Wildlife Fund, the most recent of which was the director of financial operations where she led smart business practices for the home office and 16 field offices and integrated multi-year program strategies and plans with budgeting. Terri also held positions at Miles & Stockbridge and the consulting firm of Yaffe & Offutt, both in Baltimore. She has volunteered on a number of school financial committees and currently serves as a trustee for Thomas Benjamin Combs Trust.
Terri graduated from Towson University, where she majored in communications with a concentration in journalism. She passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 1995.
Vice President, Public Policy
Geoffrey Plague leads Independent Sector’s efforts to advance policies that enhance the ability of charitable and philanthropic organizations to improve lives across the country and around the world. Before becoming vice president, Geoff served as Independent Sector’s director of government relations for more than two years, working on the development of policy objectives and the implementation of an advocacy campaign focused on the tax treatment of nonprofit organizations and charitable giving.
|Claire S. Wellington|
Senior Vice President, Governance and Special Projects
Claire Wellington joined IS in November 2004, and now leads the organization's efforts to bring together theorists, researchers, and practitioners to identify the emerging trends in the nonprofit sector. She was most recently vice president and general counsel to the American Association of Exporters and Importers, where she provided legal and policy advice and prepared reports on a range of regulatory and legislative matters. Prior to AAEI, Claire was chief of staff and senior advisor of the enforcement division at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where her work included anti-corruption efforts and sanctions policy.
Claire received a bachelor's degree in government from Smith College, a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Minority Outreach Advisory Board of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and co-author of “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Avoiding the Pitfalls,” published in the Preventive Law Reporter. Among other accomplishments, she received the Treasury Department's Secretary's Honor Award in 2001.