Leesburg Nonprofit Executive Named to “The NonProfit Times 2012 Power & Influence Top 50” Leaders

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Leesburg-based Nonprofit Risk Management Center Executive Director and risk management thought leader Melanie Lockwood Herman, Esq. has been recognized by The NonProfit Times as one of the 2012 “Power and Influence Top 50.”

Who says you have to be located in a big city to have big influence? Leesburg-based Nonprofit Risk Management Center Executive Director and risk management thought leader Melanie Lockwood Herman, Esq. has been recognized by The NonProfit Times as one of the 2012 “Power and Influence Top 50” (http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/NPT-P&I-Top50-2012.pdf). The organization Herman leads provides risk advice and resources to leading nonprofits around the world including Teach for America, the International Vaccine Institute, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and others. Under Herman’s leadership “The Center,” as it’s known, has been developing online tools, undertaking risk assessments, coaching Boards and delivering workshops on a wide range of risk topics for 20 years, the last 5 of which have been from their headquarters on King Street in downtown Leesburg. "I had concerns about leaving our centrally-located offices in Washington DC," Herman says, "But the year we moved to Leesburg our consulting business doubled in size. And we have found excellent talent in Loudoun County."

Herman, author of over a dozen books about risk management, sees a rise in the level of attention being paid to risk management-related issues in both the nonprofit and business sectors. "Risk management used to be a luxury budget item for only the largest organizations," says Herman. "But today risk oversight and planning are focal areas for Boards and c-suite leaders who are investing in becoming more risk-aware on subjects like youth protection, governance and enterprise risk management."

In addition to its consulting work with large U.S. and international nonprofits, the Center offers do-it-yourself online tools for organizations with limited risk management budgets. For a few hundred dollars, anyone can access 'My Risk Management Policies' (http://www.myriskmanagementpolicies.org/) and 'My Risk Management Plan' (http://www.myriskmanagementplan.org/), to help their organizations to become more risk aware.

Herman is in good company in this year’s class of “Power and Influence Top 50.” She is joined by Bill Gates (Gates Foundation), Marian Wright Edelman (Children's Defense Fund), Neil Nicoll (YMCA of the USA), Judith Rodin (Rockefeller Foundation) and other luminaries in the nonprofit sector.

Melanie Herman is available for interviews with representatives of local and national print, broadcast and online media organizations. To schedule an interview with Melanie, contact Sue Weir Jones at (202) 785-3891 or Sue@nonprofitrisk.org.

ABOUT THE NONPROFIT RISK MANAGEMENT CENTER
The Nonprofit Risk Management Center has provided expert help and guidance to nonprofit leaders since it became an independent nonprofit in 1992. The Center’s staff and associates are uniquely positioned to both understand and respond to tough questions about operational, governance and enterprise risk matters. To access the Center's online tools or learn about educational offerings and consulting capacity, visit http://www.nonprofitrisk.org.

The Center helps organizations with issues ranging from social media risk management to human resource risk management, crisis planning and communications and others. The Center’s client list includes some of the nation’s most respected and influential U.S. based and international nonprofits in fields ranging from amateur sports, to human and social services, health, grant-making and the environment. The Center also works with the leading insurers serving the nonprofit market.

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