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2023 ENLP Cohort Announced

2023 ENLP Cohort Announced

The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is excited to announce the selected participants for the 2023-2024 cohort of Emerging Nonprofit Leaders! 

The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Program is a dynamic nine-month experience for the next generation of nonprofit leaders in the Greater Richmond region. In this engaging program, participants will have the opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of their leadership capacity, advance their understanding and practice of leading in the nonprofit sector, and strengthen their network of nonprofit colleagues. The program has demonstrated measurable results, building a cadre of over 200 talented leaders for the future of our local community for the nearly 20 years.  The Community Foundation also supports the network of ENLP Alumni with programming and ongoing networking.

Selection Process

Nonprofit applicants were selected based on their potential to make a significant future contribution to the nonprofit community through assuming higher and increased levels of leadership, show substantive history of involvement in the nonprofit sector through employment, volunteerism, or board service and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development, continuing education, and lifelong learning.

The 2018-2019 Emerging Nonprofit Leader Participants

Alex Rooke, Director of Early Childhood Home Visiting, Family Lifeline

Alisha R. Saunders-Wilson, Manager, Early Childhood Development, Thrive Birth to Five

Amber Lancaster, Founder and President, Start 1 Spark 

Amma Gatty, Founder / Executive Director, Culture Encounters 

Antonio M. Villa Payares, Executive Director, La Casa De La Salud

Ariel Youmans, Manager of Smoky's Spay & Neuter Clinic, Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 

Benjamin C. Carr, Director of Recovery Services, Caritas

Benjamin C. Cronly, Executive Director, The Byrd Theatre 

Caitlin Berry, Health & Wellness Outcomes Manager, Sportable

Carolina Lugo, Director of Programs, Sacred Heart

Christina D. Bonini, Senior Green Infrastructure Projects Development, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Elizabeth Nice, Associate Director of Real Estate Development, Virginia Supportive Housing 

Elvira De La Cruz Macedo, CEO, Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center

Katie Heishman, Pastoral Director, Richmond Hill

Kheila S. Jones, Executive Director, Atlantic Outreach Group

Kiaya N. L. Smith, Donor Relations Manager, Richmond Symphony

Kristen Walthall, U.S. Program Specialist, Children Incorporated

Kristin Riddick, Community Housing Programs Manager, Housing Families First

LaChelle M. Lewis, Director of Development, The Valentine

Laurie J. Hunter, Long Term Care Ombudsman Manager, Senior Connections, The Capital Area Agency on Aging

Patricia A Trotta, Housing Resource Line Program Manager, Partnerships for Housing Affordability 

Shaletta H. Drawbaugh, Director of Operations, Urban Hope LLC

Susan M. Norkus, Donor Engagement Manager, Children's Hospital Foundation 

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