Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Announces Sharon Stapel as New President and Executive Director


Sharon Stapel

Sharon Stapel

The Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), the voice and information source for the nonprofit community, has selected Sharon Stapel as its new President and Executive Director, effective October 19, 2015.

In welcoming Ms. Stapel, Ian Benjamin, the Chair of the Board, said, “We look forward to the enthusiasm, expertise and passion that Sharon brings to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee, and know that she will build on its firm foundation. Sharon’s success in leading and growing a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization is extraordinary, and will serve as a model for all the nonprofits who are current and future members of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee.”  Karen Pearl and Bobby Watts who co-chaired the search committee added, “After undertaking a thorough search that produced a number of highly qualified candidates, we were delighted that Sharon agreed to bring her vision, leadership and experience in strategic thinking and coalition-building to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee.”

Ms. Stapel is currently Executive Director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), the nation’s largest LGBTQ and HIV-affected anti-violence program. She was named a White House Champion of Change and was recognized by President Obama for her advocacy work.  Prior to joining AVP, Ms. Stapel worked with South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society, and the Street Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild.  Ms. Stapel is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has served as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and Hunter College.

Ms. Stapel said, “I’m excited to lead an organization that is vital to the success of New York’s nonprofits.  NPCC’s advocacy work and management support services have enabled their member groups – and the entire sector – to thrive.  I’m grateful to Michael Clark for his stewardship of this effective organization and I look forward to working with the amazing staff to do even more.”

Ms. Stapel is replacing Michael E. Clark, who has served as President and Executive Director of NPCC for the past 10 years. Mr. Benjamin thanked Mr. Clark for his years of outstanding service, stating, “Michael Clark has served the New York area nonprofit community extraordinarily well for over 40 years, culminating with the last decade at the helm of NPCC.  We are grateful for his service and commitment to our member organizations and the nonprofit sector. Michael is leaving a strong organization, and we wish him well in his next endeavors.” Mr. Clark is stepping down on September 30, 2015 to pursue part-time opportunities that will allow him to continue to contribute his rich experience and deep expertise to the nonprofit sector.


About The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York has more than 1,500 organizational and individual members, and is the only membership association representing the full scope of nonprofit organizations in the New York City area on issues that broadly affect all nonprofits, including those in the areas of human services, the arts, education, health care, religion, public advocacy and philanthropy. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee provides management support and technical assistance through its workshops, a monthly newsletter, a highly used website (, and through telephone and email advice and referrals.  It advances and celebrates nonprofit management Best Practices through the annual New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee also offers discount Member Services in the areas of liability insurance, retirement plans and group purchasing plans. Nonprofit Coordinating Committee’s Government Relations Committee focuses on local, state and federal legislation and regulations that affect all nonprofits so they have maximum positive impact on the nonprofit community.

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