Tuesday, August 3, 2010

African American Non Profit Executives Celebrated in 2010 Power & Influence Top 50 List

For the 13th year, the Non Profit Times (NPT), the leading business publication for nonprofit management, celebrates the nonprofit sector’s top executives and thinkers in their annual Power & Influence Top 50 listing of the most influential executives for the past twelve months. Among the African American nonprofit executives included on the distinguished list is Laysha Ward, President of the Target Foundation, pictured above. The NPT states, “Ward is the epitome of a corporate foundation executive. Forget that the foundation gives away millions every week. She is out in the field making sure the dollars have an impact and is not shy about providing advice to CEOs of both small and name-brand charities. Her strategic funding has made a difference in sector policy and national service issues.”

Let’s learn more about the honorees of the Class of 2010:

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green Foundation, previously featured HERE.

Via NPT: “While training to be a pediatrician at Harvard Medical School, she received an Echoing Green fellowship; now she runs the joint. A rock star when it comes to helping social entrepreneurs find seed funding and technical support, Dorsey also has the ear of the White House for philanthropy and service.” Photo: Echoing Green

Helene D. Gayle, President & CEO, Care USA

“A world-renowned epidemiologist, she could have made a boatload of money after leaving the Centers for Disease Control by going to work in bio-tech. She decided to be a change agent and take the lead shaping world policy on HIV/AIDS, healthcare in the developing world and how nonprofits should approach issues as social entrepreneurs.”

Also included on the list are Emmett Carson, President & CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation; Israel L. Gaither, National Commander, Salvation Army; Benjamin Jealous, President & CEO, NAACP; Katrina McGhee, Senior VP, Global Business Development & Partnerships, Susan G. Komen for the Cure; A. Barry Rand, CEO, AARP; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President & CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and Blair H. Taylor, President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League.

The Honorees will be celebrated for their work next month at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

To learn more about all of the 50 honorees, visit HERE.

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