American Express NGen Leadership Award

Meet Maria Yuan
2021 American Express Leadership Award Recipient

The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors an accomplished charitable community leader age 40 or under who has demonstrated significant progress in addressing society’s critical needs.

For over 10 years, Independent Sector has presented this prestigious award to one emerging leader whose creative and collaborative leadership is helping to solve an intractable community challenge. We’re pleased to present the 2021 award recipient – Maria Yuan, Founder and CEO of IssueVoter.

Created and launched by Maria, IssueVoter is an online platform where individuals can become informed on key issues, make their voices heard, and track their representatives’ voting records. IssueVoter is a nonpartisan resource that makes civic engagement accessible.

In addition to supporting the American Express NGen Leadership Award since 2010, American Express has also partnered with Independent Sector to offer the NGen Fellows Program, part of the American Express Leadership Academy that provides training, networking opportunities, and skills-building resources to social purpose leaders.

Maria, along with the other American Express NGen Award finalists, will be featured in the program during the virtual Upswell Summit, October 20-22.

2021 Finalists

The 2021 American Express Leadership Award finalists, along with award recipient, Maria Yuan, will be featured in the program during the virtual Upswell Summit, October 20-22.

Richard Reyes
Executive Director
PLUS ME Project

Alejandro Gibes de Gac
CEO & Founder
Springboard Collaborative

Kashif Shaikh
Co-Founder and President
Pillars Fund

Andrew Plumley
Senior Director, Equity and Culture
American Alliance of Museums

Meghan Shea
Founder & Director
Persistent Productions

Nick Monzi
CEO & Co-Founder
Learn Fresh

Past Recipients

2020
Terence Lester
Love Beyond Walls

2019
Megan Jacobs
Truth Initiative

2018
Stacy Stout
City of Grand Rapids

2017
Sarah Eagle Heart
Native Americans in Philanthropy

2016
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga
Global Health Corps

2015
Julieta Garibay
United We Dream

2014
Sarah Kastelic
National Indian Child Welfare Association

2013
Sarah Johnson
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music

2012
Jeff Edmondson
StriveTogether

2011
Ai-jen Poo
National Domestic Workers Alliance

2010
Darell Hammond
KaBOOM!

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