Part of IS's NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders From Next to Now initiative, the program, now in its seventh year, works to build the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders while helping under-40 nonprofit professionals boost their impact and accelerate their careers. Through the program, NGen Fellows are provided with online and in-person opportunities to collaborate with other emerging professionals, interact with seasoned leaders, and contribute to solutions that address critical challenges facing the nonprofit and philanthropic community. Over the course of the program, fellows also embark on a keystone project with the potential to positively impact the sector.
This year's NGen Fellows are Janet Arias-Martinez, associate director of alumni relations at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; Gretchen Beesing, CEO of Catalyst Miami; Maggie Dunne, founder and president of Lakota Children's Enrichment; Cecilia Fong, program officer at the Hawai'i Community Foundation; Raymond Foxworth, vice president of grantmaking, development, and communications at the First Nations Development Institute; Michele Frix, director of programs at the Seattle International Foundation; Christopher Johnson, director of programs and learning at the Florida Philanthropic Network; John Kern, senior director of Community Wealth Partners; Ellen Liu, director of women's health at the Ms. Foundation for Women; Lindsay Louie, program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Rishi Moudgil, managing director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Impact; and Brett Weisel, director of advocacy at Feeding America.
"The leaders we need tomorrow are making important contributions today, and this cohort of NGen Fellows are impressive role models leading the way," said Amanda Broun, Independent Sector vice president for programs and practice. "NGen Fellows enrich IS and the sector as a whole with their commitment to and passion for developing solutions to some of the sector's greatest challenges. Past cohorts have collectively addressed challenges like succession planning, leading through data, strategies for talent diversity and innovation."