Independent Sector Names 2015 American Express NGen Fellows

has announced twelve under-40 leaders as the latest recipients of its .

Part of IS's initiative, the program, now in its seventh year, works to build the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders while helping under-40 nonprofit professionals boost their impact and accelerate their careers. Through the program, NGen Fellows are provided with online and in-person opportunities to collaborate with other emerging professionals, interact with seasoned leaders, and contribute to solutions that address critical challenges facing the nonprofit and philanthropic community. Over the course of the program, fellows also embark on a keystone project with the potential to positively impact the sector.

This year's NGen Fellows are Janet Arias-Martinez, associate director of alumni relations at the ; Gretchen Beesing, CEO of ; Maggie Dunne, founder and president of ; Cecilia Fong, program officer at the ; Raymond Foxworth, vice president of grantmaking, development, and communications at the ; Michele Frix, director of programs at the ; Christopher Johnson, director of programs and learning at  the ; John Kern, senior director of ; Ellen Liu, director of women's health at the ; Lindsay Louie, program officer at the ; Rishi Moudgil, managing director of the ; and Brett Weisel, director of advocacy at .

"The leaders we need tomorrow are making important contributions today, and this cohort of NGen Fellows are impressive role models leading the way," said Amanda Broun, Independent Sector vice president for programs and practice. "NGen Fellows enrich IS and the sector as a whole with their commitment to and passion for developing solutions to some of the sector's greatest challenges. Past cohorts have collectively addressed challenges like succession planning, leading through data, strategies for talent diversity and innovation."

"." Independent Sector Press Release 10/22/2015.