President and CEO

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO

Dan Cardinali is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse set of nonprofits, foundations, and corporations to advance the common good.

Before joining IS in 2016, Dan served on the IS Board of Directors and several IS member committees.

He also led IS member, Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest and most effective dropout prevention organization, for 12 years after working in other positions at the organization.

As a thought leader in the field of public education, Dan was credited with fostering the growing national trend toward community involvement in schools through partnerships with parents, businesses, policymakers, and local nonprofit groups. As the president and CEO of IS, he believes strongly in the power of nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations to work collaboratively to improve life and the environment for individuals and communities around the world. Dan is known for his commitment to performance management to drive evidence-based programs and high impact organizations.

Early in this career, Dan worked as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico organizing a squatter community to secure land rights, running water, and public education. He then returned to Washington, DC for a research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

Dan is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow and leads the K-12 subcommittee of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Education Excellence for Hispanics. He also serves on the board of Child Trends and as an advisory board member of Big Bets, an initiative of The Bridgespan Group and Forbes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree in philosophy from Fordham University.

You can follow Dan on Twitter at @dancardinali.

Senior Staff

Robert L. Balthaser
Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Resource Development

A seasoned fundraising professional, Robert brings 22 years of successful development experience most recently serving as the Vice President for Development at the Trust for the National Mall where he developed, implemented and led a $350 million campaign to restore the National Mall and improve its visitor experience. Previously he planned and led the University of Maryland’s $350 million Campaign for Scholarships.  This was a university – wide initiative to support student financial assistance.  He also was the Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy at Pace University where he developed and managed a comprehensive $100 million campaign to support the schools of law, business, education, nursing and computer science.

Robert has held senior fundraising and management positions at the New York University Child Study Center, the American Foundation for AIDS Research and Manhattan College.  He is a certified fundraising executive and a current member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

A native of Pennsylvania, Robert holds an undergraduate degree (B.A. English) from Alvernia University in 1991 and an M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.   Robert currently serves as a trustee at Alvernia University.

Amanda Broun
Vice President, Programs and Practice

Amanda Broun is vice president, 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. 

Prior to working on the Hill, she was legislative counsel in the Intergovernmental Affairs Office of the NYC Office of Management and Budget, where she did extensive writing and analysis of the fiscal impact of proposed state legislation.  She also was a staff attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the NYC Board of Education. 

Amanda received a law degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor’s in sociology from Barnard College, Columbia University. 

Candy Hill
Candy Hill
Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Candy Hill currently serves as vice president, communications & marketing, leading Independent Sector's efforts to serve as the voice of the charitable community both within the sector and to decision makers, media, and the public. Candy's role includes implementing an internal and external communications, branding, marketing, and public relations plan to advance Independent Sector’s strategic vision, broaden awareness of its programs and priorities, grow its membership, drive broader donor support, and increase engagement across key stakeholder audiences.

Leveraging a diverse background in communications, public policy, and development, Candy is a seasoned professional with 15 years in the nonprofit field and extensive experience in government. Most recently, Candy served as Executive Vice President, Social Policy and External Affairs, at Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a charter IS member. Before serving nine years at CCUSA, Candy led Catholic Charities of Monroe County (Mich.) as CEO/president. Prior to her service with Catholic faith-based organizations, Candy had a distinguished career with the State of Michigan, Department of Human Services. She has served also as an adjunct professor at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

A Michigan native, Candy earned a B.S. from Alma College in Michigan and a J.D. at the University of Detroit-Mercy. She earned a certificate in executive management from Harvard's Kennedy School.
Nadine Jalandoni
Vice President, Convenings & Knowledge Sharing

Nadine Jalandoni is vice president for convenings & knowledge sharing 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.


Carolyn Mollen
Chief Financial Officer

Carolyn Mollen is the chief financial officer at Independent Sector, where she specializes in nonprofit accounting and management issues, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and grants management.

Prior to joining Independent Sector in 2011, Carolyn was a manager with LarsonAllen LLP in their outsourcing department where she gained broad experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations. Carolyn is a member of the AICPA’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee and previously served as a member of the FASB Resource Group on NFP Financial Reporting—Other Financial Communications. She is an active member of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, where she serves on the Nonprofit Financial Accountability Task Force and previously served as chair of both the Not-for-Profit Section and the Not-for-Profit Symposium. She also received the 2015 GWSCPA Outstanding Member in Business & Industry Award and the 2016 Nonprofit CFO Rising Star Award. In addition to her professional memberships, she serves as treasurer for Travelling Players Ensemble, a nonprofit theater camp, and as a member of the finance committee for Adventure Theater.

In her free time, she enjoys sharing her love of theater and practicing yoga with her seven-year-old daughter. Carolyn earned her bachelor of arts at the College of William and Mary, a certificate in accounting from the University of Virginia, and her master of public administration from George Mason University. She is a licensed CPA in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Jeffrey Moore
Vice President, Strategy 

Jeff Moore currently serves as vice president, strategy, supporting the organization's critical strategic visioning efforts as it guides the sector to meet the future needs of democratic society. He is a senior leader with broad experience in the nonprofit field, government, and industry. He most recently served in an executive role in the health-systems research field.

Jeff has served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as legislative director to Congressman Thomas J. Downey (NY). In each of his positions, he has built critical partnerships and alliances that have accelerated organizational and mission success. His leadership style—he was described by one of his former board members as being “the weaver of the cloth”—and career experiences create a unique foundation for advancing critical thinking, strategic development, and organizational performance.

Jeff considers his Distinguished Civilian Service Award, presented in 1998 by Secretary of Defense William Cohen, to be among his greatest career achievements. Cohen honored Moore at the end of his tenure in the Clinton administration for his contributions to the nation’s security and his unique ability to build bridges between U.S. government agencies, the U.S. private sector, and foreign governments.


Geoffrey Plague
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. 

Prior to joining IS, Geoff served as advocacy and policy director at the Basic Education Coalition, a group of international development organizations dedicated to providing every child around the world access to a quality education. 

Geoff served nearly 15 years in the United States Congress, and the New York Times in August 2008 called him “a well-respected Capitol Hill veteran.” He held senior positions in the offices of Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ). 

Geoff received an MA in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He has taught courses on the U.S. Congress at Georgetown University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Geoff is also the founder and president of Buildings & Books, a 501(c)(3) public charity that constructs children's community libraries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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

Claire Wellington joined IS in November 2004. She oversees the organization's board governance activities, as well as special initiatives. 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.


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