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Advisory Council

The Advisory Council is composed of local and national nonprofit leaders and former YNPNdc board alumni to support the organization’s key policies and programs. YNPNdc benefits greatly from the Advisory Council’s unique perspectives in the nonprofit sector and our organization honors their support of career advancement for young professionals.

Alan Abramson, George Mason University

Chuck Bean, Nonprofit Roundtable
Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen

Brian Flahaven, CASE: Council for Advancement and Support for Education

Linda Nguyen, Alliance for Children and Families

Pat Pasqual, Foundation Center

Alexis Terry, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Rosetta Thurman, Thurman Consulting

Bill Tucker, Education Sector

Dr. Michael Worth, George Washington University


Alan Abramson, George Mason University
Alan J. Abramson is a Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and an Affiliated Scholar with the Urban Institute. In these Washington, DC-based positions, he teaches, conducts research, and works with leaders on a broad range of nonprofit and philanthropic issues. For more than a decade, Alan directed the Aspen Institute’s nonprofit program, overseeing the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund and related initiatives. Before joining the Aspen Institute, he was on the research staff of the Urban Institute, where he worked on a variety of domestic public policy issues. Alan has also served on many national and local nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and currently is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of Nonprofit NoVa, a coalition of Northern Virginia nonprofits. He is the author and co-author of numerous books and papers, and his work has twice won awards from the American Political Science Association. Alan has also been named among the 50 most influential leaders in the U.S. nonprofit sector. His current interests are nonprofit-government relations; grantmaking foundations; social entrepreneurship and social enterprise; and shared governance, the involvement of all three sectors – government, nonprofit, and business – in addressing social problems. Alan received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Chuck Bean, Nonprofit Roundtable

Chuck Bean has been the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Roundtable since its inception in 2002. Prior to the Roundtable, Chuck managed the Community Capacity Fund for Washington Grantmakers, which awarded grants to help local organizations respond to community needs after the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, Chuck was the deputy director of a consortium of foundations supporting Empowerment Zones across the country (EZ/EC Foundation Consortium), the vice president of a fellowship program for nonprofit executive directors (Eureka Communities), and the founder of a nonprofit organization in Guatemala (Co-Invest). Chuck is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Macalester College and received his Master’s Degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen
Robert Egger is the Founder and President of the DC Central Kitchen (DCCK), the country’s first “community kitchen.” Since opening in 1989, the Kitchen has produced over 23 million meals and helped 800 men and women gain full time employment. DCCK operates its own revenue generating business, Fresh Start Catering, as well as the Campus Kitchens Project, which coordinates recycling/meal programs in college or high school kitchens. In DC, Robert was the founding Chair of both the Mayor’s Commission on Nutrition and Street Sense, Washington’s “homeless” newspaper. He was also the Co-Convener of the first Nonprofit Congress, held in Washington DC in 2006. Robert’s book on the non-profit sector, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, received the 2005 McAdam Prize for “Best Nonprofit Management Book” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Robert was included in the Non Profit Times list of the “50 Most Powerful and Influential” nonprofit leaders from 2006-2009. He was the recipient of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s 2007 “Lifetime Achievement” award and the 2004 James Beard Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” award. He has been named an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People inAmerica, by the Caring Institute. He is also a 14-gallon blood donor to the American Red Cross. Robert speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise and shares his ideas about the nonprofit sector and the future of America through frequent blogs and editorials.

Brian Flahaven, CASE, former YNPNdc Board Member

Brian Flahaven is the Director of Government Relations at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a nonprofit education association that advocates for legislation that encourages charitable giving to educational institutions. Prior to joining CASE, he worked in government relations at the Council on Foundations. Brian serves as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for his Capitol Hill neighborhood. Brian has a MA in Public Policy from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and a BA in political science, economics and history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Linda Nguyen, Alliance for Children and Families, former YNPNdc Board Member
Linda Nguyen is Director of Civic Engagement for the Alliance for Children and Families. Since 2005, she has worked with human service organizations throughout the United States to increase and enhance their civic engagement efforts. In turn, this work provides opportunities for thousands of people in underserved neighborhoods to meaningfully participate in their communities. Prior to joining the Alliance, Nguyen managed volunteers and events at YWCA Berkeley/Oakland. She also wrote, edited, and translated for a website covering human rights in Chile and researched the civic engagement/advocacy practices of human service organizations in the United States. Nguyen volunteers numerous hours for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) at both the national and local chapter level in Washington D.C. She is a board member and founding board member respectively.

Pat Pasqual, Foundation Center

Pat Pasqual is the Director of the Foundation Center’s DC Office, a return engagement for Pasqual, who served as the DC office director from 1994 – 1999, and led the Center’s Cleveland office for nine years prior to that. From 1999, she worked with the DC Public Library, managing special system-wide initiatives and outreach services to the District's various communities. As director of the Washington, DC, office and library, Pasqual is responsible for managing a resource center that provides information, reference service, and training on fundraising, nonprofit management, and philanthropy to over 12,000 visitors annually. She oversees outreach to local, national, and international nonprofit organizations and grantmakers, as well as to Congress and the Center's Cooperating Collections in the mid-Atlantic region. Pat has been an active community volunteer and board member for a number of agencies serving children and cultural causes both in Washington, DC, and in Cleveland. She served on the board of the Women's Foundation in Cleveland and the Association of Fundraising Professionals in DC. Annually, she assists in judging the Wilmer Shields Rich Award for the Council on Foundations. She also has been a grant reviewer for the Institute for Museums and Libraries, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She participated in and chaired the Washington Council of Agencies Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award selection committee for a number of years.

Alexis Terry, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Alexis Terry is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership in Washington, DC. In this role, she works with staff and volunteer leaders to advance diversity and foster more inclusive practices within the association community. Prior to joining ASAE, Alexis held a variety of roles at BoardSource, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the public good by building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service. Alexis is the author of BoardSource’s 2008 Next Generation and Governance Findings Report and served as project manager of BoardSource’s Diversity and Next Generation Initiative, a multiyear program designed to reach and prepare diverse, next generation leaders for board service. Prior to BoardSource, Alexis served as Service-Learning and Recruitment AmeriCorps Member and as co-Chair of the Serve DC’s National InterCorps Council board where she drafted policies and plans for increasing outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts to diversify AmeriCorps members and council board members. Alexis holds a BA in Communications from Pepperdine University with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She is pursuing an Executive Certificate in Diversity Strategy from Georgetown University. Alexis is an Advisory Board Member of the Association of Educational Publishers, a Steering Committee Member of the Next Generation Leadership Forum with American Humanics and an Advisory Committee member to the board of the DC chapter of Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN). Alexis also served on an Advisory Committee for What Works: Developing Successful Multigenerational Leaders, a research agenda led by DEMOS, Craigslist Foundation and Building Movement Project.

Rosetta Thurman, Thurman Consulting, former YNPNdc Board Member
Rosetta Thurman grew up in the public housing projects of Cleveland, Ohio, and if it weren’t for the nonprofits in her community who helped her family in times of need, she doesn’t know where she would be today. Fueled by a passion for social change, Rosetta worked in the nonprofit community for eight years before founding Thurman Consulting, an education company specializing in personal and professional development to help nonprofit leaders and passionate entrepreneurs change the world. Rosetta is the co-author of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar, 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career, an accessible, do-it-yourself guide for how to build a successful career in the nonprofit sector. She holds an MA in Nonprofit Management from Trinity Washington University and a BA in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rosetta has also taught management and leadership courses as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University. In 2008, she was named a “New Leader in Philanthropy” by Greater DC Cares. Rosetta has been featured in numerous media outlets such as JET Magazine, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Forbes Woman, Fox 5 News and The Network Journal. She is proud to be a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. In her free time, Rosetta writes poetry, listens to the Isley Brothers and eats way too many desserts. She also tweets. A lot. Follow her @rosettathurman.

Bill Tucker, Education Sector, former YNPNdc Board Member
Tucker has helped to lead Education Sector since its inception in 2005. In his policy work for Education Sector, he focuses on technology and innovation—specifically virtual schooling, assessments, and data systems. Tucker is a social entrepreneur who has founded and led both nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies. His expertise ranges from finance to strategic development and technology, he has extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector, and he has led the growth of several organizations; in 2000, he co-founded SmarterOrg, Inc, an e-learning company, and sold it in 2002 to the Isoph Corporation, a provider of specialized e-learning software, services, and content development. Through 2005 he served as Isoph's chief knowledge officer, co-managing the company's operations and advising organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Land Trust Alliance, and the National Wildlife Federation on organizational learning strategies and business models. Prior to graduate school, Tucker managed the training, conference, and publishing operations at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the nation's largest provider of management and technical training to nonprofit organizations. In 1997, Tucker founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and later served on YNPN's national board of directors. As a board member in the mid-1990s, he also helped to launch Hands on San Francisco (now Hands on Bay Area). His involvement in education dates to early in his career, when he managed a middle/high school student volunteer and service learning program, working with 22 schools and over 75 community organizations, and also served a year in VISTA, the domestic Peace Corps, as a community organizer for an adult literacy program in Tampa, FL. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Policy Innovators in Education Network, DC School Reform Now, and Achievement Preparatory Public Charter School. He is a graduate of Duke University and has both an MBA and a Master's of Education from Stanford University.

Dr. Michael Worth, George Washington University

Michael J. Worth has more than 35 years of experience in philanthropic resource development. He is known not only an experienced and successful development officer, but also as one of the field’s most prolific speakers and authors. Dr. Worth served for nearly twenty years as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC where he planned and directed two major campaigns, which supported the University’s extensive growth, and also held responsibility for Board of Trustees development. He previously served as Director of Development at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Worth has edited or written seven books related to fundraising and boards. “New Strategies for Educational fundraising” is one of the top sellers in the field and is used as a textbook in preparing development professionals. His most recent book on fundraising, “Leading the Campaign,” was published by the American Council on Education in 2010 and has become the standard guide for those preparing for a campaign effort. Dr. Worth is Professor of Nonprofit Management at The George Washington University and teaches graduate course on fundraising, board development, and management of nonprofit organizations and institutions. He holds a B.A. from Wilkes University, an M.A. from The American University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.



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