2016 Alden Fellows Announced

2016 Alden Fellows Announced 

The Community Foundation of Louisville believes that Louisville’s nonprofit organizations are strengthened when more nonprofit leaders have access to high quality professional development opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of Mr. William O. Alden, Jr., a donor to the Community Foundation of Louisville, each fellow receives $5,000 and has 12 months to pursue either a self-directed program or attend a world-class, university-based leadership training program. A fellowship selection committee, comprised of leaders of local nonprofits and the CEO of the Community Foundation of Louisville, recommends and selects candidates.

We are pleased to announce the 2016 Alden Fellows:

Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye is the Executive Director and co-founder of Bridge Kids International. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. Stacy plans to spend the year of her Alden Fellowship exploring the intersection between economic development and community revitalization by visiting two communities to learn innovative approaches to community development and taking courses at the NeighborWorks America Institute.

Natalie Harris is Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless. Natalie joined The Coalition in April of 2010. Four years prior to that, she served as CEO of Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, a nonprofit supportive housing provider in Dayton, Ohio. As an Alden Fellow, Natalie plans to attend NeighborWorks America’s Achieving Excellence Executive Leadership program.

Chris Hartman is the Director of Louisville’s two-decade-old Fairness Campaign. Previously, he served as Congressman John Yarmuth’s 2008 campaign press secretary and as an AmeriCorps VISTA in St. Louis. Chris will use the Alden Fellowship funds to travel to London, England, to work with the LGBTQ archives, Libraries, Museums, and Special Collections’ (ALMS) international gathering, Without Borders, to enhance his ability to best preserve LGBT history in Louisville and Kentucky.

Valerie Magnuson has been the Executive Director of Louisville Grows for three years, and prior to that role, she served as the organization’s Assistant Director for one year. During her Alden Fellowship year, Valerie plans to build upon existing relationships and complete site visits to sister organizations in three communities: Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; and Portland, OR. She also plans to bring an instructor to Louisville to co-present a Community Forester course, offered to the 160 Citizen Foresters, and to provide additional training for Louisville Grows and partner organization staff.

Libby Mills is the Executive Director of Restorative Justice Louisville, a role she has held for five years. Her prior experience includes 11 years as Director of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice and supervisor with the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts. As an Alden Fellow, Libby will attend the Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, which will provide her advanced training in the restorative justice and peace building philosophy, as well as the management of non-profits involved in social change.

In 2014, the inaugural class of Alden Fellows was announced. Each year, for a total of ten years, a new class of Alden Fellows will be selected, resulting in fifty Louisville nonprofit leaders who will gain from access to this opportunity. As the program grows, the Community Foundation of Louisville will bring the fellows together to network and share their experiences with Louisville’s nonprofit community, creating new connections and ideas that will strengthen our community.  Congratulations again to this year’s fellows.