Exciting changes at NCRP: Jeanné Isler promoted to VP, new offices and more!

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: September 13, 2016

For some people in philanthropy, summer is a sleepier time of year when little of significance happens. Not so for NCRP. There are several exciting developments I want to share with you.

As some of you know, for the past year, the board and staff of NCRP have been working on crafting a new strategic framework to guide the organization for the next 10 years. We’re almost done with the planning, and I look forward to sharing the framework document with you all later this year, after we put the finishing touches on it.

As the plan has come into focus, however, I’ve made some important staffing changes to better support our work moving forward.

The most significant personnel move is that I have promoted Jeanné Isler, NCRP’s field director since early 2014, into an important new role as vice president for learning and engagement. She will spearhead NCRP’s work to make sure that our members and allies are deeply engaged with us as we all strive together to make philanthropy more responsive to those with the least wealth, power and opportunity.

Immediately before joining NCRP, Jeanné served as director of U.S. Programs at Search for Common Ground, where she led national initiatives including Congressional Conversations on Race. Earlier in her career, Jeanné worked to organize nonprofit organizations throughout North Carolina to assist military families involved in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She also led a restorative justice program for New Hanover County Public Schools in North Carolina, and worked as a faith-based community organizer in Ohio and Florida. She was recently selected for the prestigious Connecting Leaders Fellowship run by the Association of Black Foundation Executives. She’ll be part of the 2016-2017 cohort.

There were several other promotions, too. Long-time employees like Yna Moore, Lisa Ranghelli and Kevin Faria all moved from director-level positions into senior director positions, which reflects their past accomplishments and continued leadership in our new strategic framework. Dan Petegorsky will take on a new role overseeing the growth of NCRP’s public policy work, in addition to his continued work on civic engagement. Janay Richmond will lead the expansion of our nonprofit membership program. Additionally, several associates were promoted to the senior associate level, reflecting their critical work and continued growth. You can check out the full NCRP staff listing, with updated job titles. You will also notice that the board changed my title from executive director to president and CEO to be more in line with titles used by other philanthropy infrastructure organizations.

Another big change at NCRP is that we moved into new offices in early August. There’s so much more natural light in our new digs, it’s wonderful! Beverley Samuda-Wylder, our director of HR and administration, was in charge of the relocation, and it went off without a hitch. This is the fourth office relocation she’s overseen in her career – two with Philanthropy New York (when they were still NYRAG) and two with NCRP. Please update your records with our new address: 1900 L Street NW, Suite 825, Washington, D.C. 20036. And make plans to stop by for a visit!

Aaron Dorfman is president and CEO of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Follow @ncrp on Twitter.