NGen Leadership Award

Who will win the 2019 American Express NGen Leadership Award?

On November 14, the winner of the 2019 American Express NGen Leadership Award will be revealed. From more than 100 nominations, a national panel of experts selected six finalists based on their record of transformative impact through collaboration. Meet the finalists here, learn more about their work, and watch this page to see who takes home the award after the winner is announced at Upswell Chicago.

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James Dold

Human Rights for Kids
Washington, DC

Fighting for the rights of children, particularly those who have been marginalized, victimized, and forgotten, drives James’ work to end the broad spectrum of child abuse and ensure “that every child has hope and love.”

Megan Jacobs

Truth Initiative
Washington, DC

Responding to the concerns of young people on social media about the dangers of vaping, Megan’s groundbreaking text message program offers guidance, including how to quit, to help them “live their best lives addiction free.”

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Rochelle Keyhan

Collective Liberty
Washington, DC

Rochelle’s work to stop human trafficking, which she began as a prosecutor in Philadelphia, focuses on ensuring that law enforcement officers and other partners “have the tools they need to end trafficking, from data and technology to cultural training.”

Silvia Paz

Alianza Coachella Valley
Coachella, CA

Growing up in Coachella Valley, Silvia knows first-hand about the unmet needs of rural immigrant communities, and now strives to show how communities can be transformed, working with “residents and nonprofits to tackle inequities in our region together.”

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Lindsay Torrico

United Way Worldwide
Alexandria, VA

Lindsay is applying multiple approaches to increase civic engagement and build the capacity of local United Ways not only to advocate for the people they serve, but also to empower them to advocate for themselves and to create community-driven solutions.

Caroline Whistler

Third Sector
San Francisco, CA

By supporting public leaders in focusing on outcomes, rather than delivery of services “that may or may not work” in communities, Caroline says Third Sector seeks to “shift decision-making power toward the people being served.”

Past NGen Award Winners

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2018
Stacy Stout
City of Grand Rapids

2017
Sarah Eagle Heart
Native Americans in Philanthropy

2016
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga
Global Health Corps

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2015
Julieta Garibay
United We Dream

2014
Sarah Kastelic
National Indian Child Welfare Association

2013
Sarah Johnson
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute of Music

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2012
Jeff Edmondson
StriveTogether

2011
Ai-jen Poo
National Domestic Workers Alliance

2010
Darell Hammond
KaBOOM!