After nine years at the helm, Audrey Alvarado will step down as executive director of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations once her replacement is found.
“It’s time for me to move on for a new challenge and to take a break,” Alvarado says. “I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past nine years, but it’s time for a new leader to take us to the next level.”
The council, a network of state associations of nonprofits, has assembled a search committee and aims to have a new executive director in place sometime this summer, says Doug Sauer, chair of the council’s board and CEO of the Council of Community Services of New York State.
The choice to leave is her own, say both Alvarado and Sauer, who calls the developments a “planned transition.”
Alvarado says she first introduced the idea to the board last November and plans to continue working with the nonprofit sector in some capacity after leaving the council.
Sauer’s goal is to have a new executive director for the council identified by June, in time for the second Nonprofit Congress, an initiative of the council that drew hundreds of nonprofit leaders from across the U.S. during its first conference in 2006.
Sauer praised Alvarado’s leadership of the Congress, as well as her ability to “galvanize the membership and set forth a vision.”
“To be able to contribute to organizing the sector has been phenomenally gratifying to me,” says Alvarado.
Sauer will serve as chair of the search committee, which has posted information on the position on the council’s website.
The council, founded in 1989, has a staff of six and a 2007 budget of about $900,000.