Four Nonprofit Leaders Assume Key Roles on the Board of the National Human Services Assembly



Bring deep expertise and experience to the task of addressing growing demand for human services


WASHINGTON, D.C., August 10, 2015 – The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) today announced that senior leaders from four large, influential nonprofits have taken on key leadership roles on the NHSA board. In that capacity, they will work closely with Gloria Johnson-Cusack, who recently became President and CEO of the 90+-year-old umbrella organization for more than 80 national human services organizations.


Ms. Johnson-Cusack said, “My mandate at NHSA is to facilitate shared learning and collaboration and to help our service providers achieve significant cost-savings so they can better address the escalating demand for human services. These amazing nonprofit leaders – each with an impressive track record and proven expertise – will be highly effective partners in that effort.”


The new board leaders are:

  • Chair, Jatrice Martel Gaiterexecutive vice president of external affairs at Volunteers of America and a strong advocate for the strength and relevance of the nonprofit sector and a frequent speaker on nonprofit management, public policy, social justice and women’s issues;
  • Vice Chair, Susan Danishexecutive director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, whose leadership combines private sector general management and marketing experience with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by large human services nonprofits;
  • Secretary, Cynthia Lewin – general counsel of AARP and one of the most influential legal voices in the nonprofit sector; and
  • Treasurer, Adolph Falcón – senior vice president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and a nationally recognized expert on health policy.


“The National Human Services Assembly board members and staff work tirelessly at the forefront of the nonprofit sector to increase the influence, relevance and collective power of our membership,” said NHSA Board Chair Jatrice Martel Gaiter. “I am pleased to have a role in this important strategy.”


Ms. Johnson-Cusack added, “I am grateful to have the support of Jatrice, Susan, Cindy and Adolph – and the member organizations they represent. I also am grateful that Joe Haggerty, Chief Operating Officer of United Way Worldwide, and the former Chair, will continue to serve on our Executive Committee. His leadership and guidance as outgoing Board Chair during the transition period has been instrumental.”   


About the National Human Services Assembly

The National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) is a Washington, DC-based association comprised of over 80 of the largest national nonprofit organizations, including AARP, American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, National Alliance for Hispanic Health, The Association of Junior Leagues International, Volunteers of America, and United Way Worldwide. In aggregate, members and their affiliates and local service networks collectively touch, or are touched by, nearly every household in America—as consumers, donors, or volunteers. NHSA focuses on shaping public dialogue, increasing the business practices of nonprofits, and building capacity for the human services sector. Its priority is to strengthen collaborative practice and policy that promote equality of opportunity and upward mobility for all.

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