Olliette Murry-DrobotThe Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence has added four members to its board of directors, creating a more diverse and equitable council to guide the organization.

The new members are Olliette Murry-Drobot, executive director of the Family Safety Center; Kiesha Davis, director of grantmaking and capacity building at Memphis Music Initiative; Bonnie Hollabaugh, director of development for Christ Community Health Services; and Pat Mitchell Worley, owner of FanfareCR.

“Our board of directors has historically been a strong group of individuals who provided great direction for The Alliance, but they haven’t been demographically representative of our city or the organizations we serve,” said Kevin Dean, interim CEO of The Alliance. “We are making strides to change this by adding highly qualified members who represent a broader variety of nonprofit focus areas, yet share a common vision for better serving our community.”

The Alliance has taken crucial steps toward leadership diversification – its board has a female chairperson for the fist time in the organization’s 25 year history. It has also strageically selected nonprofit leaders from within a wealth of varied nonprofit experiences to fill open seats on the board. Now, the board is composed of individuals who have diversified nonprofit history, both in roles held and the types of nonprofit organizations served.

These board members join The Alliance at an important time. Recently, the organization finished a discovery phase, revealing its strengths and areas for growth. The board will be responsible for overseeing changes made to address what was learned in discovery, from innovative programming to the ultimate direction of The Alliance. Having a board composed of members that represent the many facets that make up Memphis will result in decisions that serve the greater nonprofit sphere.