Independent Sector Members Elect New Directors

Five leaders in the charitable community are elected to serve on the Board of Directors at Independent Sector’s Annual Business Meeting

(DETROIT, October 27, 2017) – Yesterday, Independent Sector members comprising more than 400 nonprofits, foundations, and corporations advancing the common good, elected five new directors to the board.

The new directors were elected to a three-year term at Independent Sector’s Annual Business Meeting, held in Detroit, Michigan in conjunction with Our Common Future—a conference co-hosted by Independent Sector, Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the Council of Michigan Foundations. The directors are:

  • Nicole Anderson, AVP of Social Innovation and President, AT&T Foundation
  • Lisa Hamilton, Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer,The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink
  • Jennifer Reedy, President, Bush Foundation
  • David Williams, Principal, Deloitte LLP

“In a time where the strength and solidarity of civil society is as important as ever, we are thrilled to welcome these five leaders from a range of backgrounds and areas of expertise to Independent Sector’s Board of Directors,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “Their leadership and stewardship will ensure that we are successful in unlocking the full potential of our sector and the communities we serve.”

I am honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside the five exemplary leaders who will be joining the Independent Sector Board, “ said Jeffrey L. Bradach, co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group, and newly elected chair of the board.  “With their guidance, and the leadership of the entire Board, I am confident that we will live up to our vision of a world of engaged individuals, robust institutions, and vibrant communities working together to improve lives and the natural world, and strengthening democratic societies.”

The following directors have been re-elected to a second term:

  • Sonya Campion, President, Campion Advocacy Fund
  • Jim Gibbons, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
  • Ron Kagan, Director and CEO, Detroit Zoological Society
  • Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Independent Sector, its board, staff, and members also thank the following directors who are retiring from the board for their service to the organization:

  • Barbara Arnwine, President and Founder, Transformative Justice Coalition
  • Steven McCormick, CEO, Earth Genome Project
  • Neil Nicoll, President Emeritus, YMCA of the USA
  • Sandra Vargas, Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Darren Walker, President, The Ford Foundation

Here are the new board directors’ biographies:

Nicole Anderson is the AVP of Social Innovation and President of the AT&T Foundation. In this role, Nicole oversees AT&T’s philanthropic initiatives, including AT&T Aspire – a $400 million commitment to drive innovation in education by accelerating the learning revolution and connecting it to the young people who need it most. Nicole manages a diverse programmatic and philanthropic portfolio that includes the Aspire Accelerator, an incubator supporting ed-tech entrepreneurs, and the Connect to Success competitive grant program that funds nonprofits implementing best-in-class evidenced-based interventions that keep underserved students on track to high school graduation and beyond. She began her career at AT&T as part of its award-winning leadership development program and joined the Corporate Social Responsibility team in 2009. Nicole’s commitment to finding new solutions for social issues started at an early age watching her father design affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area and accompanying him to community meetings. She joined a Congressional campaign soon after college that took her from her native Bay Area to Washington, DC. After working on the Hill as a legislative analyst handling issues from education to telecommunications, she took her experience to the University of California’s Federal Relations office and next, to AT&T. Nicole serves as a trustee for America’s Promise Alliance and on the board of the Dallas Zoological Society. She was recently asked to join the Board of the Commit! Partnership, an organization to drive student achievement throughout Dallas County by leveraging data and community expertise. Nicole holds a B.A. in political science from UC San Diego, and an M.B.A. from UT Austin. She and her husband live in Dallas with their two sons.

Lisa Hamilton is executive vice president and chief program officer forThe Annie E. Casey Foundation. In this role, Hamilton oversees the Foundation’s investments to promote community change, economic opportunity for families, and public system reform. She also guides efforts to strengthen the social sector and encourage the take-up of effective strategies through policy and data advocacy, leadership development, and research. Hamilton previously served as vice president of external affairs. In this position, she guided Casey’s efforts to provide data, analysis, research, and policy solutions to help all children realize their potential. In this role, she led the development of the Foundation’s seminal Race for Results report in 2014, which measured how children from different racial backgrounds were faring on key milestones from birth to adulthood, highlighting the need to ensure equitable access to opportunity for children of color. Hamilton remains keenly focused on building the capacity of leaders and organizations to accelerate improved results for children and families. “I hope that the Foundation inspires a much-needed national commitment to change the life trajectory for millions of children in danger of poor outcomes,” she says. “It is essential that every sector — public systems, policymakers, nonprofits and businesses — work together to make sure that the next generation has the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.” Prior to joining the Foundation, Hamilton enjoyed a 14-year career at UPS. She held positions in corporate tax and public affairs before advancing to president of the UPS Foundation, where she directed global philanthropic and volunteer programs. She ultimately earned the post of vice president of corporate public relations, overseeing global media relations, reputation management, and executive communications for the company. Hamilton serves on the boards of the Southern Education Foundation and Baltimore Community Foundation. She served as a trustee of the Casey Foundation from 2008 to 2011. A native of Atlanta, Hamilton earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Virginia.

Michael McAfee has served as president of PolicyLink since 2011. Under his leadership, PolicyLink has emerged as a national leader in building cradle-to-career systems that are ensuring that all children and youth in America have a pathway into the middle class. Central to this equitable systems-change are communities of opportunity, where all children can grow up with access to great schools and strong systems of family and community supports that prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and/or a career. As a result of his partnership with leaders across America, more than $1 billion has been invested in our nation’s most distressed communities, and nearly 300,000 children are being positively impacted. Congress recently recognized the leaders’ ability to get results by making Promise Neighborhoods a permanent federal program through the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015. As President, Michael joins the Executive Team and Program Teams in strategic planning, policy development, policy campaign strategy, and programmatic design and implementation at the local, state, and national levels. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Michael served as Senior Community Planning and Development Representative in the Chicago Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While at HUD, he managed a $450 million housing, community, and economic development portfolio where he partnered with local leaders to create more than 3,000 units of affordable housing and 5,000 jobs and ensure access to social services for more than 200,000 families. He also served as lead instructor with HUD’s Leadership Development Program. He is most proud of personally ensuring the successful matriculation of more than 168 senior executives through the Leadership Development Program and providing fundraising, leadership, management, and organizational development technical assistance to more than 1,000 persons and 800 grassroots faith- and community-based organizations. His partnership with the White House and HUD’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has resulted in nonprofit organizations accessing more than $1 billion in federal resources. While serving as Director of Community Leadership for The Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and Affiliated Trusts, he was instrumental in helping build the organization’s capacity to raise $121 million from individual donors. This accomplishment earned the Foundation the honor of being recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as receiving more contributions than any community foundation in America. Michael is determined to create conditions that will allow equity to flourish all across America — just and fair inclusion into a society where all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. He believes that every American deserves access to opportunities that give them a fair shot at succeeding in life. His unremitting commitment to equity is why he refuses to accept the world the way that it is. Michael is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow, Aspen Institute Ideas Scholar, and Leap of Reason Ambassador. He served in the United States Army and completed Harvard University’s Executive Program in Public Management. He earned his Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. He is an avid off-road hiker and practitioner of Bikram yoga.

Jennifer Ford Reedy has been president of the Bush Foundation since September 2012. The Bush Foundation invests in great ideas and the people who power them in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native Nations. The Foundation was established in 1953 by Archibald Bush, a 3M executive who played a key role in growing 3M into one of the world’s leading companies. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jen served as chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Minnesota Philanthropy Partners, where she led the creation of GiveMN.org, Give to the Max Day, and the Minnesota Idea Open. Jen was also a consultant with McKinsey and Company for nine years and was the first director of the Itasca Project, a CEO-led regional civic initiative in the Twin Cities. Her current community service includes board and committee work with Region’s Hospital, GHR Foundation, the Truman Foundation, and Independent Sector. She is also a member of the Itasca Project, Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, and the US Global Leadership Coalition Minnesota Advisory Committee. Jen has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She has been honored as a “40 Under 40” leader by the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal, as one of the “100 Minnesotans You Should Know” by Twin Cities Business Magazine, and as a American Express NGen Fellow by Independent Sector.

David Williams is a principal in and serves as the leader of Policy, Government Relations and Corporate Citizenship for the global professional services firm Deloitte LLP. In this role, he is responsible for Deloitte’s policy, government, and community activities, focused on using these key tools to augment and accelerate Deloitte’s business strategies and stakeholder engagement. He works collaboratively with clients to inform federal, state, and local governments on issues, identifies new and developing policy topics and legislative issues, and unites internal stakeholders around a common agenda of collective impact that advances both the firm and society at large. Prior to assuming his current role, David served as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS), and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics (DTBA), both US operating subsidiaries of Deloitte US. Deloitte FAS and DTBA are specialty-consulting businesses, providing advice and counsel to companies faced with opportunities for growth such as a merger or acquisition, or critical challenges such as fraud, litigation, or restructuring. As CEO, David was responsible for positioning and enabling the business to deliver sustainable revenue and earnings growth and return to Deloitte’s partners. His leadership responsibilities extended to more than 2,000 professionals. During his six-year tenure, David led a strategic repositioning of the business in order to take advantage of unprecedented changes in the professional services marketplace and the business expanded its scope of services through both organic service development and four (4) acquisitions, almost doubled in size, and substantially increased its profit margins. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, David has also served Deloitte clients as a practicing management consultant. He has nearly 30 years of experience providing consulting services in various industries on business and financial issues, including strategic planning and business transformation, new business development and pricing, manufacturing and service delivery, cost measurement and control, performance measurement and financial accounting and reporting. He has testified as an expert in litigation, arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution matters; served as an arbitrator/mediator; and consulted with management, executives and boards of directors. He has experience in the calculation of damages in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, financial and securities fraud, wrongful termination, adjustment of purchase price, regulatory non-compliance, and other causes of action. During his tenure with Deloitte, David has served in various leadership positions within Deloitte FAS and DTBA, including serving on each firm’s Board of Directors, leading both one of FAS’ major service lines and one of its major geographical practices. David has also served in leadership roles within Deloitte LLP, including serving on its Board of Directors (and chairing its executive evaluation committee), serving on its Executive Committee, and acting as Global Business Leader for one of its major service lines. Prior to Deloitte, David was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its legacy firm Price Waterhouse LLP. David speaks regularly with top tier media as well as at prominent industry conferences and universities. He frequently discusses global trends in mergers and acquisitions, the impact of regulatory changes and legislation on business, and how innovation and technology are changing today’s marketplace. David earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his master of business administration degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the Regional Advisory Board of Teach For America – New York, the My Brother’s Keeper (MBKA) Board, and the Pro Bono Institute Board.

Learn more at independentsector.org/board.

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