Independent Sector Members Elect New Directors

Two nonprofit leaders are elected to the Board of Directors at the Independent Sector Members Town Hall during Upswell

(CHICAGO, November 13, 2019) – Today, Independent Sector elected two new directors to the Board.

The directors are Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of March of Dimes, and Marco A. Davis, president and CEO of Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

The new directors were each elected to serve a three-year term at Independent Sector’s Members Town Hall during Upswell, an annual gathering of changemakers powered by Independent Sector.

“Our Board of Directors, including our newest elected directors, reflect the collective power of leaders who come together to care for the health of the whole charitable sector,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “We welcome the depth of insight Stacey Stewart and Marco Davis bring to these roles and are confident that it will accelerate our efforts to strengthen a civil society where all people can thrive.”

“I know I speak for the entire Board of Directors in saying that we are honored to be joined by these two distinguished and talented leaders,” said Jeffrey L. Bradach, co-founder and managing partner of The Bridgespan Group. “Their contributions to the board will be invaluable as we strengthen and refine Independent Sector’s role as the sector’s vital meeting ground, and better position the organization to enable civil society to achieve lasting, equitable change.”

Additionally, the following directors have been re-elected to a second term:

  • Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation
  • Sarah Kastelic, Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Diane Melley, Executive Director, Second Century Initiatives & Corporate Partnerships, The Philadelphia Foundation

Independent Sector, its board, staff, and members also thank retiring board members, Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and Timothy J. McClimon, president of American Express Foundation, for their outstanding service to the organization.

Following are the new board directors’ biographies:

Stacey D. Stewart joined March of Dimes as its fifth president on January 1, 2017.  In this role, Stewart heads the organization leading the fight for the health of all moms and babies. She is responsible for all aspects of the organization’s strategy, vision and operations. Stewart came to March of Dimes from United Way Worldwide, where she held several positions, most recently serving as U.S. president of United Way, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization. There she provided strategic direction for more than 1,000 local United Ways. Stewart was also responsible for United Way’s national efforts in education, financial stability and health as well as guiding efforts to enhance the brand and grow revenue. Stewart spearheaded the transformation of United Way from a pass-through fundraiser to a leading organization for local community impact. Prior to becoming U.S. president, Stewart served as executive vice president, community impact leadership and learning. In this role, Stewart developed global partnerships to advance community impact in more than 40 countries. A business veteran, Stewart has also held a number of senior roles, including chief diversity officer and senior vice president for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving at Fannie Mae, as well as president and chief executive officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation. Additionally, Stewart has an extensive background in finance and investment banking, having served as vice president for Pryor, McClendon, Counts & Co., and as a senior associate for Merrill Lynch, specializing in financings for state and local governments. Stewart has a master’s of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, Lincoln University and Alabama A&M University. She currently serves on several boards nationally and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Stewart is married to Jarvis C. Stewart, the chairman and managing partner of I + R Media, LLC, a strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C. The Stewarts have two children, Madeleine and Savannah.

Marco A. Davis joined Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute as president and CEO of the institution with more than 20 years of experience in leadership development, academic achievement, community advocacy, and civic engagement. Davis comes to his new position after being a partner at New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy, where he led Capitalizing Diverse Leaders and Organizations – an effort to create a more equitable social sector, and served as organizational lead on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Davis served in the administration of President Barack Obama as deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and as the Director of Public Engagement for the Corporation for National and Community Service. Previously, he was director of Global Fellowship and Regional Manager for Latin America at Ashoka’s Youth Venture and led leadership development for UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza), creating the Líderes Initiative. Davis has served on the boards of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), Education Design Lab, Educators for Excellence, and the Management Assistance Group. He has also been a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and Hispanics in Philanthropy NGen Lideres Fellow. An alumnus of Yale University, NY native, Davis, now lives in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.

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Global Topics: Civil Society, IS Board, IS Member, Upswell