American Express NGen Fellows Program

The American Express NGen Fellows program provides changemakers, 40 and under, an exceptional opportunity to strengthen their leadership capacity and grow their personal and professional network.

The Fellows program advances Independent Sector’s mission to improve lives, heal our natural world, and strengthen democratic society by ensuring a continued wellspring of next-generation changemakers rise to meet today’s toughest challenges.

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2018 American Express NGen Fellows


Schylar Baber
Executive Director
Voice for Adoption

Joyvin Benton
Development Director
Arkansas Public Policy Panel

Terri Seay Bryant
Program Director
Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

Elizabeth Cervantes
Director of Organizing
Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project


Kenya Collins
Mississippi Program Manager

Maria Dautruche
Vice President, Partnership & Advancement
National Urban League

Seyron Foo
Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
Southern California Grantmakers

Nesha Jairam
Data & Systems Manager
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services


Jose Luis Plaza
The California Endowment

Matthew Roberson
Executive Director
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe – Department of Athletic Regulation

Sean Tennerson
Director of Social Innovation
The Case Foundation

Projects from Previous Program Years

2017: NGen Speaks

NGen Speaks, the 2017 American Express NGen Fellows' project, is a podcast series featuring emerging nonprofit leaders grappling with complex, sometimes controversial issues. Each leader brings an authentic voice to the conversation, based on personal views and lived experience.

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2016: Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector

As part of their collaborative project, the 2016 American Express NGen Fellows wrote Gender Equity in the Charitable Sector, a guide designed to be used to understand the issue of gender equity in the charitable sector, reflect on what gender equity means for the future of the sector, and act from a personal, organizational, and sector-wide level to support and promote gender equity.

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2015: The Necessary Challenge

The 2015 American Express NGen Fellows cohort explores the difference between the belief in transformative innovation both within and through the social sector, and the reality of attempting to create and maintain a culture of innovation in the (mostly) nonprofit space in The Necessary Challenge. The report includes findings and recommendations on how the social sector might mitigate barriers and encourage stronger, more sustainable innovation within the sector.

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2014: Strategies for Talent Diversity

The 2014 American Express NGen Fellows partnered with the National Audubon Society to refine and improve the organization’s diversity and inclusion goals of attracting, retaining and advancing leaders of color. They documented the effort in a case study, Strategies for Talent Diversity

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