Local Leader Elected to National Nonprofit Board

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Trisha Lester of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Joins National Council of Nonprofits Board of Directors

The National Council of Nonprofits (Council of Nonprofits) announced the election of Trisha Lester, Vice President of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, to its Board of Directors.

In discussing Lester’s election, Howard Barnett, President of Oklahoma State University-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, and Board Chair of the Council of Nonprofits, said, “Trisha has long been a leader in the nonprofit sector and in the State Association network. As the Council of Nonprofits continues its work connecting nonprofits with tools and information across state lines, her wisdom and collaborative spirit will help move us forward.”

“Trisha has been instrumental to the growth and success of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits over the past two decades. Her insights on what it takes to build and manage a successful State Association will be a great asset to the network in the coming years.” said Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits.

Trisha Lester has served in a variety of roles for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits since joining the organization in 1992. She was appointed vice president in 1999. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years in the arts, higher education, and grantmaking. Trisha has served on the boards of the Nonprofits Mutual Risk Retention Group, Latino Community Development Center, N.C. Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, Leadership America N.C., and Volunteers for Youth. Selected as one of ten 2003 Eisenhower Fellows in North Carolina, she studied governance and organizational development issues of non-governmental organizations and grassroots organizing in civil society in Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru.


The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve. Learn more at http://www.CouncilofNonprofits.org.

Founded in 1990, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits works to enrich North Carolina's communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice. Today, it serves as an information center on effective practices in nonprofit organizations, a statewide network for nonprofit board and staff members, and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole. It is the leading voice for nonprofit organizations across the state and represents more than 1,600 nonprofits. Learn more at http://www.ncnonprofits.org.

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