The NonProfit Times, a leading nonprofit business publication, has released its twenty-first annual Power and Influence Top 50 list.
This year's list features fourteen newcomers and nine executives who returned to the list after an abscence of at least a year. The newcomers include Judy Belk, president and CEO of the California Wellness Foundation; David Biemsderfer, president and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum; Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association; John Hope Bryant, founder and CEO of Operation Hope; Maria S. Gomez, founder and CEO of Mary's Center for Maternal & Child Care; Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Mark Horvath, founder of Invisible People; Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer's Association; Antony Bugg-Levine, CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund; Michael Marsicano, president and CEO of the Foundation for the Carolinas; Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation; Jennifer Sampson, president and CEO of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas; Brad Smith, president of Foundation Center; and Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
Nonprofit leaders returning to the list after an absence of at least a year include Lucy Bernholz, director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; James Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging; Helene D. Gayle, CEO of the Chicago Community Trust; Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps; Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation; Henry Timms, executive director of the 92nd Street Y; and Judy Vredenburgh, president of Girls, Inc.
Only three of this year's honorees have been included on the list at least ten times. They are: Brian Gallagher, president and CEO, United Way Worldwide (sixteen appearances); John H. Graham IV, president and CEO, ASAE/The Center for Association Leadership (sixteen); and Melanie L. Herman, executive director of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center (ten).