NGen Leadership Award

Communities in distress. A nation divided. A world in turmoil. Now more than ever, the charitable community needs visionary leaders with the courage to take innovative, creative, and sometimes even unconventional approaches to our work to improve all lives, heal our natural world, and strengthen democratic society.

Presented each year to such a changemaker, the American Express NGen Leadership Award enables the charitable sector to collectively recognize and salute the trail-blazing work of one next-generation leader whose efforts have had a transformative impact on a critical societal need.

Past winners have been instrumental in passage of the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights; powerfully advocated for the rights and dignity of Indigenous Peoples; led the creation of thousands of safe playgrounds for children in low-wealth communities; and engaged and trained young leaders in the fight to reduce maternal deaths in Uganda.

The American Express NGen Leadership Award advances Independent Sector’s mission to provide leadership development opportunities that help ensure a continued wellspring of highly talented, diverse, and inclusive next-generation leaders who will galvanize the sector as we rise to meet today’s challenges and create an environment where charity can thrive.

Past Award Winners

Sarah Eagle Heart

Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO at Native Americans in Philanthropy.

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Diana Nambatya Nsubuga

Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Uganda country manager at Global Health Corps.

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Julieta Garibay

Julieta Garibay, Campaigns Director and Co-Founder at United We Dream.

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Sarah Kastelic

Sarah Kastelic, Executive Director at National Indian Child Welfare Association.

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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson, Chief Education Officer & Director at Carnegie Hall's Weill Institute of Music.

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Jeff Edmondson

Jeff Edmondson, Managing Director at StriveTogether.

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Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo, Director at National Domestic Workers Alliance.

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Darell Hammond

Darell Hammond, Founder of KaBOOM!

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Past Finalists

2017 American Express Leadership Award Finalists

Meet the five finalists for the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award.

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