Recap: 15th Annual Public Private Conference

On September 28th, the Office of Partnerships and Grants Services (OPGS) in collaboration with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement co-hosted the 15th Annual Public Private Conference. This year’s theme highlighted the Nonprofit Sector as a Pathway to the Middle Class in the Washington Metropolitan area and featured keynote speaker Sarah Rosen Wartell, Director of Urban Institute.


Community Foundation President & CEO, Bruce McNamer pictured with Mayor Muriel Bowser and other nonprofit leaders

The Community Foundation’s own Bruce McNamer shared opening remarks, followed by Mayor Muriel Bowser, who spoke on her vision for the nonprofit sector’s pathway to the middle class and how to promote efforts to bring people together to find ways to expand opportunities for District residents.


Philanthropic Services Associate for The City Fund, Kesha Chandler serving as a conference panelist

Later, breakout sessions were held with insightful panel discussions featuring Community Foundation staff; Ben Murphy, Senior Director of Philanthropic Services contributed to the Workforce Development & Placement with the Sector’s Career Opportunities panel, and Kesha Chandler, Philanthropic Services Associate for The City Fund shared her insights on how millennials can contribute to the nonprofit sector on the Encouraging Millennials to Seek Nonprofit Careers panel.

Other leaders from the nonprofit sector included Glen O’Gilvie, CEO of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Chuck Bean, Executive Director of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and Lisa Brown Morton, President & CEO of Nonprofit HR.