The Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman EXCEL Award

The Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman Excellence in Chief Executive Leadership (EXCEL) Award recognizes and spotlights outstanding leadership among Washington-area nonprofit chief executives. The award recognizes leadership achievement in the areas of innovation, motivation, community building, ethical integrity, and strategic leadership. The selection process includes four stages; nomination, interview, site visit and selection. 

Up to three leaders are selected as EXCEL Awardees. The EXCEL Awardees will each receive a $5,000 professional development account to be used for the individual’s continued professional development.  In addition, each recipient’s organization will receive a $2,000 grant to support the professional development of the organization’s staff.

2017 is the thirteenth year for this competition, and the eleventh year that the Bethesda-based accounting firm Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman is sponsoring the award.

The competition is open to any chief executive of a Greater Washington-area nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $10 million and under. Board members, staff members, volunteers, clients or community members may nominate chief executives.

This award is a program of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement.

Meet our past winners:

2017: Erin Carlson Mast, President Lincoln's Cottage
          Natalia Marlow-Otero, DC SAFE
          Herb Tillery, College Success Foundation

2016: Christopher Fay of Homestretch
          Scott Jackson of Global Impact
          Laurie Strongin of HOPE for Henry

2015:   Michael Bobbitt of Adventure Theatre, MTC
             Nicole Lamoureux of National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
             Kathy Sibert of Arlington Street People's Assistance Network (A-SPAN)

2014:   Michelle Asha Cooper of Institute for Higher Education Policy
             Bonnie Fogel of Imagination Stage
             Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard of Pathway Homes, Inc.

2013:   Michele Booth Cole of Safe Shores
             Marla Lahat of Home Care Partners
             Judith Sandalow of Children's Law Center

2012:   Robert Goldman of Montgomery Housing Partnership
             Scott Schenkelberg of Miriam’s Kitchen
             Nina Smith of GoodWeave

2011:   Wendy Gradison, PRS, Inc.
             George Jones,Bread for the City
             Maya Enista Smith,

2010:   Scott Beale, Atlas Service Corps
             Michael Curtin, DC Central Kitchen
             Steven Park, Little Lights Urban Ministries

2009:   Manny Hidalgo, Latino Economic Development Corporation
             Pamela L. Michell, New Hope Housing, Inc.
             Eleni A. Rossides, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

2008:   Karen Cleveland, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
             Linda Dunphy, Doorways for Women and Families
             Layli Miller-Muro, Tahirih Justice Center

2007:   Rino Aldrighetti, Pulmonary Hypertension Association
             Lynn Brantley, Capital Area Food Bank
             Mary Funke, N Street Village

2006:   Rhonda Buckley, Patricia M Sitar Center for the Arts
             Jonathan Smith, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
             Adam Tenner, Metro TeenAIDS

2005:   Jayne Park, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

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