Ethelbert was nominated for his work with the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C. He has served on the IPS board for 18 years, 10 as chairman. His contribution to the organization runs deep, even offering his own 60th birthday party as a fundraising opportunity.
“I believe each board member has something to offer and it is my responsibility to ensure IPS continues to grow and remains a vital part of the community,” Ethelbert said. “As we approach our 50th anniversary as an organization, I am excited to acknowledge those who helped us achieve so much and celebrate the young leaders who will help us move forward.”
For those wishing to serve on nonprofit boards, Ethelbert said: “Be ready to make a commitment. Understand time management and, most importantly, do not accept a position if you are unsure of your commitment. Ask yourself, ‘When I step down, what did I do?’ And be willing to lead the organization if necessary.”