Independent Sector Announces 2019 Cohort of American Express NGen Fellows

Twelve young leaders are selected for a nine-month fellowship to strengthen their leadership capacity and expand collective knowledge for the charitable sector

(WASHINGTON, May 2, 2019) – Independent Sector is proud to announce the 2019 cohort of the American Express NGen Fellows program.

The NGen Fellows, 12 outstanding charitable sector leaders age 40 and under, are selected each year to participate in a range of activities that will allow them to expand their access to the people, knowledge, networks, and resources necessary to scale their change work. This selective fellowship program continues to build the next generation of charitable leaders as part of IS’ NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now initiative.

The program, in its 10th year, now includes a curriculum focusing on six core results for the program related to: self-awareness, results-based decision making, systems change, racial equity, adaptive leadership, and network development. Similar to last year, submissions were open to all emerging changemakers across the country and across sectors.

The 2019 NGen Fellows are:

  • Gabriella Barbosa, Director of Policy and Legislative Advocacy, Alliance for a Better Community (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Atrayus O. Goode, President & CEO, MENTOR North Carolina (Durham, NC)
  • Jasmine Khan, Executive Director, Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness (Eagle River, AK)
  • Leon Leader Charge, Planning and Development Specialist, Office of Legislative Affairs, Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Mission, SD)
  • Maia Maiden, Curator and Director, Maia Maiden Productions (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Carolina Martínez Prohías, President, Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción (Guaynabo, PR)
  • Shaunae Motley, President and CEO, United Way of Southwest Georgia (Albany, GA)
  • Nitika Nautiyal, Co-Founder, Business Worker Services Coop, The Dividend Project (Chicago, IL)
  • Andrew Plumley, Associate Director, Equity in the Center (Washington, DC)
  • Adiel Suarez-Murias, Director, Communications and Marketing, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (Washington, DC)
  • Jeannette Tremblay Chambers, Director of School and Studio Programs, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL)
  • Selena Wilson, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, East Oakland Youth Development Center (Oakland, CA)

“We are honored to guide a new cohort of incredible changemakers through the 10th year of the American Express NGen Fellows Program,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “These 12 talented leaders are already making transformational change in their communities, and we know that through this experience, they will bring their collective contributions toward a country and world where all people thrive.”

The program runs May 2019 to the end of the year. The Fellows will convene in person three times. The first meeting will be held at Independent Sector in Washington, DC, the second will take place in Chicago in August, and the final meeting will be during Upswell Chicago, Independent Sector’s annual summit, in November.

“American Express believes in the development and advancement of nonprofit leaders around the world,” said Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “Through programs like NGen Fellows, we are proud to continue our support of the immense talent and contributions of social good leaders and changemakers.”

Learn more about the Fellows at


About Independent Sector

Independent Sector is a diverse community of changemakers, nonprofits, foundations, and corporations working to ensure all people in the United States thrive. Learn more at

About American Express’ Leadership Initiatives

One of American Express’ three philanthropic platforms is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and social purpose sectors, American Express makes grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. More than 100,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs, including the American Express Leadership Academy among others.

Founded in 2008 in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership, the American Express Leadership Academy builds the personal, business and leadership skills of emerging nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs through multi-day, in-person trainings. The initiative has grown to a global program, training world-class leaders in the areas of education, the arts, social services, health, the environment, and more. For leadership journey stories and additional resources, visit


Kristina Gawrgy Campbell

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Global Topics: Leadership Development, Race, Equity, and Inclusion