National Human Services Assembly Names Successor to Irv Katz

Gloria Johnson-Cusack will succeed the retiring Irv Katz as CEO of the National Human Services Assembly, an organization that represents the interests of 85 national nonprofits in the health and human services sector.

Johnson-Cusack takes over the position on April 6. She comes to NHSA from the top spot at Leadership 18, a membership group of chief executives at large social services and religious groups. She has also led Congressional relations for the Peace Corps and directed constituent relations for the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Katz leaves NHSA after 14 years leading the D.C.-based organization. After a 23-year photo_67203_portrait_325x488career with the United Way, he took over in 2001 for Gordon Raley, who is now CEO of the Family Service Foundation.

NHSA advocates and promotes policy on behalf of members, and operates a large group discount program called Purchasing Point for them. It also operates the National Collaboration for Youth, an affinity group comprised of NHSA’s members in the youth services industry.

It is also engaged in three projects funded directly by foundations. A project supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation has allowed some NHSA members to test and evaluate strategies to help middle school youth stay on track.

Last year, NHSA dipped into its assets to fill a nearly $500,000 gap between revenue and expenses, according to its 2013 tax returns. It maintained a $232,000 cushion, according to that form.

John Kelly is an editor for The Chronicle of Social Change.

Correction: This article originally reported the number of NHSA members to be 74. The assembly notified The Chronicle that it now serves 85 members.

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