Independent Sector Announces the Selection of 2012 American Express NGen Fellows

For Immediate Release: May 10, 2012

Contact: Kristina Gawrgy Campbell; 202 467-6144;

Independent Sector Announces the Selection of 2012 American Express NGen Fellows

(Washington, DC)—Independent Sector is pleased to honor the 12 outstanding under-40 leaders from IS member organizations that comprise the 2012 American Express NGen Fellows Program. In its fourth year, this selective fellowship program continues to build the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders as part of IS’s NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative.

The 2012 American Express NGen Fellows are:

  • Ellie Buteau, Vice President-Research, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Cambridge, MA• Tammy Gregory, Vice President, Quality and Health IT, American Heart Association, Dallas, TX

  • Michael Hill, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, United Cerebral Palsy, Washington, DC

  • David Lee, Policy Advocate, Feeding America, Chicago, IL

  • Katherine Michonski, Director, Business Council on Climate Change, San Francisco, CA

  • Dara Munson, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit, MI

  • Alejandro T. Reyes, Counsel, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC

  • David Ringer, Media Relations Director, National Audubon Society, New York, NY

  • Jennifer Sigler, CFO/COO, GlobalGiving Foundation, Washington, DC

  • Eric Stowe, Founder & Executive Director, A Child’s Right, Seattle, WA

  • Lindsay Torrico, Manager, Public Policy, United Way Worldwide, Alexandria, VA

  • Vivian Vasallo, Vice President, Housing, AARP Foundation, Washington, DC

The American Express NGen Fellows program gives emerging leaders an exceptional opportunity to strengthen their capacity for future impact. Over the course of nine months, fellows collaborate with other talented under-40 leaders, interact with established mentors, and contribute to Independent Sector’s work on nonprofit impact and leadership.

“Each year, I am impressed by the caliber of extraordinary young leaders selected for the American Express NGen Fellows program,” said Diana Aviv, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “I look forward to welcoming these talented leaders to our highest echelons, learning from them, and partnering with them to improve life for all.”

The American Express NGen Fellows Program offers these twelve professionals a rare opportunity to strengthen their capacity for future impact. Its programming, anchored by the IS Annual Conference, offers a comprehensive program that develops fellows’ capacity to lead in turbulent times, strengthens their professional networks, and elevates NGen accomplishments on a national level. Over the course of their fellowship, they will also embark on a major keystone project that will positively impact the sector.

“The nonprofit sector plays a critically important role in addressing many of today’s biggest challenges,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “Independent Sector and the

NGen Fellows Program offer a great way to focus on strategies that can develop the next generation of leaders and help nonprofits deliver on their full potential to serve the communities in which we all live and work.”

The program runs August 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013, anchored by the IS Annual Conference on November 11-12 in San Francisco.

American Express, the lead sponsor of the American Express NGen Fellows Program, is a major contributor to the development of emerging nonprofit leaders through their Foundation’s philanthropic giving initiative committed to leadership.

Learn more about the American Express NGen Fellows Program.

Read the bios for each of the 2012 American Express NGen Fellows.


Independent Sector is a leadership network of 600 nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs committed to advancing the common good. Our nonpartisan coalition leads, strengthens, and mobilizes the sector; we advocate for public policies that fortify our communities; and we create unparalleled resources so staff, boards, and volunteers can further their missions and increase their impact.

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One of American Express’ three philanthropic platforms, Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow, recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit sector. American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century.