Nonprofit 40 Under 40 Virtual Reception

April 28, 2021  
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Event Description

Hear inspiring stories from their mentors as top leaders in nonprofit come together to talk about their paths to success in this sector.  This roundtable group of people each have winners on their team who will be the future generation of nonprofit leaders.  They will discuss what has been working and what will need to change over the next few years.  How has their role changed since the pandemic and what are the best tools needed to lead their teams through a crisis.  Help us help this roundtable celebrate the Nonprofit 40 Under 40 Class of 2021.

Liz Roberts
CEO, Safe Horizon
Liz Roberts began her tenure as CEO of Safe Horizon in February 2021, following a national search. Liz is a social worker with more than thirty years of experience addressing the needs of survivors of violence and abuse. She first joined Safe Horizon as Chief Program Officer in 2010 and served as Deputy CEO from 2014 to 2020. During her tenure at Safe Horizon, Liz was instrumental in launching several innovative programs, while establishing field-leading training, supervision, and quality improvement systems. Under her leadership, the organization nearly doubled its budget and secured the 2018 New York Non-Profit Excellence Award. Previously, Liz served as a Deputy Commissioner for the New York City Administration for Children's Services, where she developed innovative preventive programs; improved the child welfare system’s response to domestic violence, mental illness, and substance abuse; and was the founding chair of the agency’s first Task Force on Racial Equity and Cultural Competence. Earlier in her career, Liz provided direct services to children and adults affected by violence and abuse as a grassroots shelter and hotline worker, children’s advocate, and trauma therapist. She is a national expert in addressing the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse from a survivor-centered perspective and has held teaching roles at the Columbia University School of Social Work and Wheelock College. She is a graduate of the Belle and George Strell Executive Leadership Program at the Silberman School of Social Work, and a 2017 recipient of the 50 over 50 Award from New York Non-Profit Media. She has presented widely on child abuse and domestic violence, co-authored numerous articles in academic journals, and been quoted in numerous media outlets, including Good Morning America, National Public Radio, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Liz received an MSW from Salem State University and a BA in Social Anthropology from Harvard/Radcliffe.
Jess Dannhauser
President & CEO, Graham Windham
Jess Dannhauser is the CEO of Graham Windham, a mission-driven organization focused on building the foundation for success in life with NYC children and youth, in close partnership with families and communities. Graham Windham serves approximately 4,500 children and their families each year. Graham, including the affiliated Greenburgh Graham UFSD, is focused on achieving its vision where each of its children has a safe loving permanent family and a living-wage career, no matter the challenges of their early life. The Graham team is employing evidence-informed practices and curricula, integrating its programs to create a holistic and continuous community of care, and innovating to provide opportunity to thrive for kids and families. Mr. Dannhauser earned his MSW at University of California, Berkeley and his BA at Duke University. He is married to the Rev. Adrian Dannhauser. Adrian and Jess are the proud parents of their lovely daughter, Callaway.
Nathaniel M. Fields
CEO, Urban Resource Institute
As Chief Executive Officer of Urban Resource Institute (URI), Nathaniel Fields is responsible for leading the organization’s long-and short-term strategy and the implementation of its vision and mission. Informed by two decades of practical work and achievement in social and human services, Nathaniel has spearheaded the transformation of URI in size, scope and services for vulnerable populations in New York City, particularly victims of domestic violence. Since taking the helm of the organization in 2012, he has transformed it into a dynamic, multi-service agency, nearly tripling the budget and building it into the largest provider of domestic violence shelter services in the country. Under his leadership, URI has focused on innovation, exemplified by groundbreaking programs focused on prevention as well as services, such as People and Animals Living Safely (PALS), Legal Education Advocacy Program (LEAP), Career Exploration Program, Abusive Partner Intervention Program (APIP), and Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) targeting youth and teens. To further his vision, Nathaniel is committed to a Culture of Excellence and an environment with data-driven, measurable outcomes. Nathaniel serves in leadership roles for numerous organizations and councils, including: the Board of the Human Services Council; NYC Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services 2020 Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council on “reopening” New York City; the special COVID-19 domestic violence task force of the New York State Council on Women and Girls; the COVID-19 Response Work Group of the New York City Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV); the Fatality Review Committee of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence; and the New York City Mayor’s Nonprofits and Social Services Advisory Council. He has led the New York City Coalition of Domestic Violence Residential Providers as co-chair for over ten years, and in 2019 was named to the New York City and State “Nonprofit Power 100” list. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a focus on black and Hispanic studies and a Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University, and completed an executive leadership and certificate program in the not-for-profit sector at New York University. Born and raised in New York, Nathaniel has firsthand knowledge of the challenges affecting New York’s most vulnerable communities, as well as the positive work being done to effect structural changes. Working directly with marginalized groups, Nathaniel has seen that when investments are made in communities, they can thrive. At URI, Nathaniel enjoys being part of a community of people committed to improving the lives of others. When asked to identify his vision for URI, he states, “Hope is at the cornerstone of everything we do.”
Sharon Greenberger
President & CEO, YMCA of Greater NY
Sharon Greenberger is the 10th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, New York City’s leading nonprofit community service and wellness organization, serving a diverse population of more than half a million children, adults, and seniors annually through programs and services that empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. With 23 branches throughout the five boroughs, the Y connects active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities. During the pandemic, the Y has continued to serve New Yorkers in critical and innovative ways. The Y has provided emergency childcare for healthcare workers, expanded our homeless housing, and transformed nearly all of our branches into learning centers, providing in-person childcare and educational services to families in need. We have continued to evolve as conditions have changed, and we are now helping thousands of New Yorkers get vaccinated at our branches. Prior to joining the YMCA in 2015, Sharon spent more than 20 years in both the private and public sector working to improve New Yorkers’ health and livelihood and promote the development of New York City. As Senior Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, she oversaw $2 billion of active projects to expand and improve facilities to better serve the needs of patients and their families. Sharon managed operations for 1,700 public schools serving 1.1 million children as COO of the New York City Department of Education, and led completion of 100 new schools while leading the City’s School Construction Authority. She also served as Chief of Staff to the City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, and Vice President for Economic Development at the Alliance for Downtown New York. Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in City Planning, with a focus in Housing and Community Development and Environmental Design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Welcome & Introduction By Kay Dervishi, NYN Media


Power Panel

Liz Roberts, CEO, Safe Horizon

Jess Dannhauser, President & CEO, Graham Windham

Nathaniel M. Fields, CEO, Urban Resource Institute

Sharon Greenberger, President & CEO, YMCA Greater NY 


Recognition of Nonprofit 40 Under 40


Session Ends

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