Independent Sector, the Washington, D.C-based leadership network for nonprofits, foundations, and corporations, has named Dan Cardinali as its new president and CEO.
As president of Communities In Schools, the nation's largest dropout prevention organization, Cardinali led efforts to develop and advance an evidence-based model of integrated student service provision and spearheaded a national growth strategy aimed at boosting the organization’s impact on public education reform efforts. Trained as a community organizer in Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinali served on a team there that was instrumental in securing land rights, running water, and public education for a "squatter" community of a hundred and twenty thousand people. Subsequently, he returned to Washington, D.C., for a one-year research fellowship at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. Cardinali also is a 2007 Annie E. Casey Children and Families Fellow and currently serves as a trustee for America's Promise and on the boards of Independent Sector and Child Trends.
"I am delighted to welcome Dan Cardinali as the next president and CEO of Independent Sector," said IS chair Neil Nicol. "Dan's extensive background and expertise in the charitable community will allow him to move expeditiously to address pressing priorities for the sector. He has the skills to build upon Independent Sector's legacy of helping a diverse sector advance the common good, and he will strengthen our organization, and the sector at large, for a rapidly changing future."