Our Leadership

Independent Sector is run by a talented staff, experienced Board of Directors, and a remarkable group of member organizations who work in collaboration with IS and each other to find solutions to our biggest problems.

Meet our Board of Directors.

Senior Staff

Dan Cardinali

President and CEO

Jeffrey Moore

Chief Strategy Officer

Kristina Gawrgy

Chief Communications and Community Building Officer

Rick Robinson

Interim Chief Operating Officer


Allison Grayson

Director, Policy Development and Analysis

Ana Montañez

Manager, Government Relations

Ben Kershaw

Director, Public Policy and Government Relations

Bradley Wong

Director, Strategic Communications and Public Relations

Brandon Johnson

Director, Digital Innovation

Debra Rainey

Manager, Communications

Elaine Bevington

Associate, Community Building

Elyse Harrington

Director, Operations and Administration

Emily Rogers

Manager, Policy Research

Gina Catedrilla Strickland

Director, Executive Office

Habib Bako

Director, Community Building and Engagement

Jasmine Shah

Staff Accountant, Finance and Administration

Jess Payton

Database Manager

Kathy Bradley, CAE

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Katie Cattell

Director, Foundation Partnerships

Laura Marqués-Jackson

Manager, Partnerships

Lawrence Abbey

Senior Associate, Digital Content and Engagement

Lindsay Marcal

Manager, Membership

Loriane Ngarambe

Community Engagement Manager

Manuel Gomez

Manager, Public Policy

Maryanne Rodriguez

Manager, Leadership Programs

Michelle Vallar

Manager, Conference and Events Logistics

Mirae Kim

Visiting Scholar

Monica White

Manager, Conference and Events Programming

Nancy Barry

Manager, Special Initiatives, Public Policy

Natalie Van Maerssen

Digital Project Manager

Neisha McGee

Manager of Advocacy, Engagement & Mobilization

Nick Gilbert

Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Rashidah McCoy

Director of Strategic Marketing and Digital Engagement

Rob Watkins

Director, Finance and Administration

Stuart Hewitt

Executive Assistant