Published On: Thu, Dec 5th, 2019

Community Partners of South Florida Team Members Accepted into Nonprofits First Rising Leaders

Wynsome McLean, Ana Lopez, Schiller Ambroise and Jennifer Crane

Group Part of 20 Professionals Selected for Esteemed Program

Boca Raton, FL – Community Partners of South Florida is proud to announce that four staff members have been accepted into the 2020 Rising Leaders program presented by Nonprofits First. Wynsome McLean, Ana Lopez, Schiller Ambroise and Jennifer Crane will be a part of the nonprofit leadership program, a competitive 6-month program that prepares nonprofit program managers to transform into the sector’s new generation of top leaders.

Participants, who come from 20 Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations, will acquire a deeper understanding of their own leadership styles while gaining hands-on experience in strategies for leading their programs and organization to a high level of impact and success.

The Rising Leaders experience fosters interaction, discovery, dialogue, and servant leadership as participants increase skills to lead the nonprofit field. Alumni of the program transfer skills directly to their current roles and many go on to serve in executive level positions in the nonprofit sector.  Nonprofit organizations are a major economic force in Palm Beach County, employing nearly 30,000 people with total annual wages of almost $1.2 billion in Palm Beach County alone (see Florida Nonprofit Alliance’s website for more eye-opening info about the nonprofit sector in the Sunshine State).

The class members were nominated by their managers and selected for their leadership qualities, passion for their missions, and eagerness to learn new skills. They will meet as a group for one full day each month, from November to June, engaging in topics such as new models of leadership, driving social change, public speaking, and critical thinking and decision-making. They will also conduct an extracurricular small group project designed to assist a local charitable or civic organization.

“Rising Leaders is the next generation of leadership in the nonprofit sector, succession planning at its best,” said Jessica Cecere, CEO of Nonprofits First.

Rising Leaders has graduated over 325 nonprofit leaders since the program launched in 2005.

About Community Partners of South Florida

Community Partners of South Florida is a $16 million comprehensive community development nonprofit agency headquartered in Riviera Beach that provides services to families facing social, emotional and financial adversity. By using a unique, breakthrough approach integrating housing and financial empowerment, child and family mental health, and community services, Community Partners creates self-sustaining families and communities and serves as a driver for growing its local economy.  For more information about Community Partners of South Florida, visit Community Partners is a proud chartered affiliate of Neighborworks America, a national, nonpartisan nonprofit striving to make every community a place of opportunity. For more information on Neighborworks America, please contact Hilary Rowe Wiley at [email protected].

Nonprofits First, INC.

Nonprofits First is a membership organization focused on enhancing the nonprofit community’s effectiveness, efficiency, and ultimately impact.  The vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which nonprofit organizations achieve their highest level of impact. They strengthen the nonprofit sector through accreditation, leadership development, education, and management support services.  For more information, visit

About the Author

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>