Livestream: Leadership in Times of Transition
Livestream March 16, 2020

We are excited to bring you a livestream discussion, open to the public, that you won’t want to miss. Information and registration is below.

During the Livestream, we will be taking questions for Angela and Dan via Twitter using #amexleads.

REGISTER FOR THE LIVESTREAM: Monday April 16, 4:00 pm Eastern | | #amexleads
The Chronicle of Philanthropy will host a special Facebook Live preview at 2:15.

About the Speakers


Angela Fernandez, Esq.

Angela Fernandez, Esq., is the Executive Director and Supervising Attorney of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Angela is a first generation immigrant, whose mother migrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. A graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, Angela has more than 20 years of experience advocating for human and civil rights in the United States and internationally. She has worked at both the top levels of government, and collaboratively with affected community members across New York City. Angela is an American Express Leadership Academy Alum as a past participant of the Academy with the Aspen Institute. More from Angela.


Dan Parks

Dan Parks has been managing editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy since 2014. He previously was the managing editor of Bloomberg Government, a product he helped launch. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a reporter and managing editor at Congressional Quarterly, where he specialized in coverage of the budget, appropriations, taxes and the financial services industry. He began his career as a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he covered education, city government and other beats. Dan has undergraduate degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. More from Dan.

Alumni Award Finalists

At the end of Angela and Dan’s discussion, we will announce the winner of the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Award.  This award honors an accomplished nonprofit leader who continuously demonstrates strong leadership and who has had a significant impact on their organization and the sector.  The recipient of this award will receive a $25,000 grant to their organization.  Congratulations to this year’s finalists: Lucretia Doyle, Program Manager, Points of Light Foundation, Jillian Gedeon, Co-founder, Executive Director, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, Bahati Kanyamanza, Co-founder, COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa, Carlos Lejnieks, President & CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson, and Union Counties, Tonia Spence, Senior Director of Early Childhood Services, The Jewish Board.

Alumni Award Finalist
Alumni Award Finalist
Alumni Award Finalist
Alumni Award Finalist
Alumni Award Finalist

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