Independent Sector, the only national membership organization that brings together nonprofits, foundations and corporations to advance the common good, recently announced its 2016-17 cohort of American Express NGen Fellows, which includes Arab American National Museum (AANM) Director Devon Akmon.


The 12 outstanding charitable-sector leaders aged 40 and under will engage over the next year in a range of activities that deepen individual capabilities, expand collective knowledge and grow professional networks.

“I’m very honored to have been selected to join such a talented and accomplished cohort of nonprofit professionals,” says Akmon.

“Our involvement within the fellowship program raises AANM’s presence on a national scale, making more people aware of who we are, what we do and how we do it,” says Akmon. “This experience allows a space for deep thought and reflection while increasing our ability to create new networks and amplifying the Museum’s voice within the sector.”

The complete list of 2016-17 NGen Fellows includes:

* Devon Akmon, Director, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI

* Ivan Canada, Executive Director, The National Conference for Community and Justice of the Piedmont Triad, Greensboro, NC

* Jane Cheung, Vice President of Programs, The Pablove Foundation, Los Angeles

* Paul Daugherty, President and CEO, Philanthropy West Virginia, Morgantown, WV

* Radha Friedman, Director of Programs, World Justice Project, Washington, D.C.

* Lisa Fasolo Frishman, Senior Program Officer, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, Buffalo, NY

* Jeremie Greer, Vice President of Policy & Research, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Washington, D.C.

* Abby Laine Sienkiewicz, Interim Executive Director/CEO, Center for Nonprofit Excellence, Colorado Springs, CO

* Neesha Modi, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation, Troy, MI

* Ola Ojewumi, Founder, Project ASCEND, Beltsville, MD

* Kashif Shaikh, Founder and Executive Director, Pillars Fund, Chicago

* Jamie Smith, Co-Executive Director, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, New York