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Past EXCEL Award Recipients

2016 EXCEL Award Winners

  • Christopher Fay, Executive Director, Homestretch

    2016 EXCEL Award Honorees

  • Scott Jackson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Global Impact
  • Laurie Strongin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hope for Henry Foundation

2016 Honorable Mentions

  • Tamara Lucas Copeland, President, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers
  • Sally White, Executive Director, IONA

2015 EXCEL Award Winners

  • Michael Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director, Adventure Theater

    2015 EXCEL Award Honorees

  • Nicole Lamoureux, Executive Director, The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
  • Kathy Sibert, Executive Director, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network

2015 Honorable Mentions

  • Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Generation Hope
  • Peg Hacskaylo, CEO and Founder, DASH

2014 EXCEL Award Winners

  • Michelle Asha Cooper, President, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • Bonnie Fogel, Founder and Executive Director, Imagination Stage
  • Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, Chief Executive Officer , Pathway Homes, Inc.

    Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman CPAs nonprofit award

    2014 EXCEL Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

2014 Honorable Mentions

  • Valarie Ashley, Executive Director, Southeast Ministry
  • Peter Holden, Executive Director, New Horizons Supported Services, Inc.

2013 EXCEL Award Winners

  1. Michele Booth Cole, Executive Director, Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center
  2. Maria Lahat, Executive Director, President, Home Care Partners
  3. Judith Sandalow, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center

2013 Honorable Mentions

  1. Amy Nakamoto, Executive Director, DC SCORES
  2. Tim Payne, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center

2012 EXCEL Award Winners

2012 EXCEL Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

2012 EXCEL Award Winners and Honorable Mentions

  1. Robert Goldman, President and Chief Executive Officer, the Montgomery Housing Partnership
  2. Scott Schenkelberg, Executive Director, Miriam’s Kitchen
  3. Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave

2012 Honorable Mentions

  1. Lissette Bishins, Executive Director, Carpenter’s Shelter, Inc.
  2. Courtney Reeve, Executive Director, Greenbrier Learning Center

2011 EXCEL Award Winners

  1. Wendy Gradison, President and Chief Executive Officer, PRS, Inc.
  2. George Jones, Executive Director, Bread for the City
  3. Maya Enista Smith, Chief Executive Officer,

2011 Honorable Mentions

  1. John Dillow, Executive Director, Living Classrooms for the National Capital Region
  2. Richard Tagle, Chief Executive Officer, Higher Achievement

2010 EXCEL Award Winners and Honorable Mention

2010 EXCEL Award Winners

  1. Scott Beale, Founder & Chief Financial Officer, Atlas Service Corporation
  2. Michael Curtin, Chief Executive Officer, DC Central Kitchen
  3. Steven Park, Executive Director, Little Lights Urban Ministries

2010 Honorable Mentions

  1. Andrea Powell, Founder & Executive Director, FAIR Fund
  2. Kristine Thompson, Executive Director, Calvary Women’s Services

2009 EXCEL Award Winners 

  • Manny Hidalgo, Executive Director, Latino Economic Development Corporation
  • Pamela L. Michell, Executive Director, New Hope Housing, Inc.
  • Eleni A. Rossides, Executive Director, Washington Tennis & Education Foundation

2009 Honorable Mentions 

  • Dallice Joyner, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center
  • Aleta Margolis, Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching

2008 EXCEL Award Winners


2008 EXCEL Award Winners

  • Karen Cleveland, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
  • Linda Dunphy, Executive Director of Doorways for Women and Families
  • Layli Miller-Muro, Executive Director of Tahirih Justice Center



2008 Honorable Mentions

  • Brenda Rhodes Miller, Executive Director of DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
  • Deborah Simpson Taylor, President and CEO of Vanguard Services Unlimited

2007 EXCEL Award Winners

  • Rino Aldrighetti of The Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Lynn Brantley of The Capital Area Food Bank
  • Mary Funke of N Street Village

2007 Honorable Mentions

  • Betty Jo Gaines of Bright Beginnings
  • Chris Hart-Wright of Strive DC

2006 EXCEL Award Winners 

  • Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • Rhonda Buckley, Founder and Executive Director of Patricia M. Sitar Center of the Arts
  • Adam Tenner, Executive Director of Metro TeenAIDS

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Gigi Godwin |  President & CEO
The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce