Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch was named to 2018 NPT Power & Influence Top 50, an annual list in its 21st year highlighting the nonprofit sector’s top working executives for innovation and influence on the broader sector. This is the fourth year Lynch has been recognized by the publication for his leadership for Americans for the Arts. He was previously recognized in 2012, 2013, and 2014. 
“I am honored to be part of this year’s NPT Power & Influence Top 50 as testimony to the hard work of the staff, board, supporters, and members of Americans for the Arts,” said Lynch. “The arts are uniting people and transforming communities across America, and I am pleased that Americans for the Arts helps extend this beacon of hope across our country through leadership and resource development for the arts, including our current fight for federal support for the arts and humanities.” 
In its description about Lynch, The NonProfit Times wrote: “You’d think Lynch was in vaudeville given all the towns he’s played (more than 2,000). The roadshow resulted in gains in federal funding despite initially being zeroed out in consecutive years. He coordinated hitting key federal and state legislators in their home districts. The data in the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 report was persuasive.”
Others named to the 2018 NPT Power & Influence Top 50 include:
  • James Canales, president and trustee, The Barr Foundation
  • Daniel Cardinali, president and CEO, Independent Sector
  • Luz Vega-Marquis, president and CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Michael Marsicano, president and CEO, Foundation for the Carolinas
  • Julia Stasch, president, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Henry Timms, executive director, 92nd Street Y
  • Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA
The 2018 honorees were selected from a group of roughly 300 executives. A committee of NonProfit Times staff, contributors, and a few executives were involved in the selection process. The executives on the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 list must have had an impact during the previous 12 months. 
Honorees will be feted next month at the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 gala at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 
Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at