National Organization of Nonprofits, Foundations, and Business Giving Programs Thanks Retiring Board Members
(WASHINGTON, October 11, 2022) – Today, Independent Sector announced its Board of Directors for the coming year, including two new board directors and one second-term board director.
The announcement and election by Independent Sector members of the new board directors and second-term board director followed the national nonprofit organization’s Annual Meeting and Members Town Hall, which was held virtually.
The new directors are Dr. John Brothers, President of T. Rowe Price Foundation and President of T. Rowe Price Charitable; and Dr. Carmen Rojas, President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Each director, elected by Independent Sector members, will serve a three-year term. Additionally, Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes, was re-elected to a second term.
“We’re thrilled to welcome our new and returning board members,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, outgoing President and CEO of Independent Sector. “The depth and breadth of their leadership and experience will help Independent Sector and the overall nonprofit sector continue to make great strides in building a healthy and equitable society where everyone can thrive.”
Dr. Akilah Watkins, the incoming President and CEO of Independent Sector, will start in January 2023. She is currently President and CEO of Center for Community Progress.
Independent Sector, its board, staff, and members also thanked retiring board members for their outstanding service to the organization, including Larry Kramer, President, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Diane Melley, Executive Director and Senior Advisor, The Philadelphia Foundation; and Marco Davis, President and CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Following are the new board directors’ biographies:
Dr. John Brothers serves as President of T. Rowe Price Foundation and President of T. Rowe Price Charitable. Dr. Brothers comes to T. Rowe Price from Quidoo, an international consulting firm he started and led for over a decade, merging the firm in 2015.
Dr. Brothers served as a management and social policy professor for over a decade at New York University and Rutgers University and as a Visiting Scholar at the Hauser Center at Harvard. He alternates teaching engagements between the Maryland Correctional Institution at Jessup with the Goucher Prison Education Project and Coppin State University, a historically Black university in Baltimore.
He also serves as an Honorary Professor of Practice at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland and has worked with the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Beijing. Dr. Brothers received a MPA from New York University, MBA from American University, and doctorate from Northeastern University.
Dr. Brothers has been a writer with Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Brookings Institution, Nonprofit Quarterly and the Huffington Post. He also has authored several books. He has been interviewed, referenced, or quoted in many local, national, and international media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, ABC News, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Brothers has spoken to thousands on third sector and social-safety net effectiveness and public-private partnerships, in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
Dr. Brothers began his work serving in the local community, inspired by growing up in deep poverty, serving as a community organizer and family case manager in urban neighborhoods in the Midwest to leadership positions, including CEO, with local and national organizations on the East Coast. Dr. Brothers is proud that this work leaves a legacy of innovative efforts that still serves a wide network of children and families, including homeless women and children receiving emergency services in Northern Virginia, to after-school programs for children in public housing in South Brooklyn, to transitional housing options for immigrant families in Boston who are suffering from domestic violence.
Dr. Carmen Rojas is President and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation. Prior to joining Marguerite Casey Foundation, Dr. Rojas was the co-founder and former CEO of The Workers Lab, an innovation lab that gives new ideas for and with workers a chance to succeed and flourish.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Rojas has worked with foundations, financial institutions, and nonprofits to improve the lives of working people across the United States. She currently sits on the boards of Beyond12, Blue Ridge Labs, and Children’s Defense Fund, as well as the San Francisco Federal Reserve’s Community Advisory Council, Confluence’s Racial Equity Initiative Advisory Committee, and the AstraZeneca US Health Equity Advisory Council. Dr. Rojas holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007.
Learn more about Independent Sector’s 2023 Board of Directors at independent sector.org/board.
Independent Sector is the only national membership organization that brings together a diverse community of changemakers, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations working to ensure all people in the United States thrive. Learn more at independentsector.org.