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Millennial Non-Profit CEO Recognized for Outstanding Leadership


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Millennial Non-Profit CEO Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

  1. 1. News Release CONTACT: Andrew Scott, Communications ManagerOctober 20, 2011 (202) 656-1031FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Millennial Non-Profit CEO Recognized for Outstanding LeadershipWashington, D.C. – is excited to announce that CEO Maya Enista Smith is a recipientof this year’s Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 2011 EXCEL Award for non-profit leadershipin Washington, D.C.“I’m so honored to have been nominated by my amazing, talented staff and to receive sucha prestigious award,” Smith said. “This recognition is more importantly reflected in myincredible team’s commitment to excellence and that of the board of directors.”As a recipient, Smith will receive a $5,000 professional development account to use in her role asCEO. will also receive a $2,000 grant for staff leadership development training which willhave an impact across the organization’s programs to develop awardees, fellows and other leaders inits network.Smith is a veteran in the public service sector, beginning her non-profit career nine years ago. She hasbeen active in public service since she was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, focusing mainlyon voter empowerment and youth civic engagement. Smith joined the team in July 2005as Chief Operating Officer.In addition to her work with, Smith serves on the Advisory Board for CIRCLE, the workinggroup for the Civic Health Index of the National Conference on Citizenship, and the Board of Directorsfor BoardSource.EXCEL Awardees are selected based on leadership excellence in innovation, motivation,inclusiveness or diversity, community building, and ethical integrity. The competition is open to anychief executive of a Washington-area non-profit organization with an annual budget of up to $10million.Other recipients for this year’s award include Wendy Gradison of PRS, Inc., and George Jones ofBread for the City.About empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions tosocial problems. Utilizing technology and social networking to connect Millennials on and offline, convenes Millennials from around the country to discuss issues impacting the MillennialGeneration and to develop sustainable solutions to address believes that in order to create long-term, sustainable and community based solutionsto the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, andmost importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and intheir communities. ###