Learn from the experience of our winners!

The annual Board Leadership Award not only recognizes outstanding, highly successful boards, but also provides an opportunity for all of us to learn from their extraordinary journeys.

Presenting the Center’s 4th annual Board Best Practices Video Shorts, including interviews with leaders from award winner, Out Teach and honorable mention, NVRDC.

First release: Onboarding and Board Development

Cast: Shally Stanley, Out Teach Board Chair and Patrice Sulton, NVRDC Board Member

Guest appearance:  Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

Discover how Out Teach and NVRDC enhance Board service through comprehensive onboarding and development, equipping board members for success in their roles.

Second release: Strategic Planning

Cast: Jeanne McCarty and Shally Stanley, Out Teach CEO and Board Chair

Guest appearance:  Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

While having a strategic plan is not a new practice, efficiently implementing and achieving the goals of one demonstrates an organization’s innovation. Learn how Out Teach impressed this year’s section committee with their deft approach!

Third release: Moving from a Working Board to a Strategic One

Cast: Anne Carpenter, NVRDC Board Member

Guest appearance:  Anne Schrantz, Partner at CohnReznick, Board Leadership Award sponsor

The transition from a working board to a strategic one can be challenging. This video explores how NVRDC came to be intentional in their decision-making, accountability, and fundraising strategies to advance the organization.

Congratulations to the 2023 award Winner:

Out Teach

Out Teach is a national education non-profit built to inspire and prepare today’s elementary students to become the next generation of fearless innovators. Designed by teachers, for teachers, the organization delivers personalized hands-on training, collaborative partnerships, and easily accessible resources that equip thousands of teachers in schools across the US to transform the outdoors into active learning labs. They are creating a world where every student–regardless of learning ability, race, zip code, gender, or access to resources– can step into the wonder of science.

… and our Honorable Mention:

Founded in 2012, The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) is an organization dedicated to providing support and services to crime victims in Washington, DC. Their mission is to empower victims of all crimes through advocacy, case management, and legal services.

Thank you to everyone who makes this award possible:

Our selection committee dedicates their time for several months to focus on thoroughly reviewing all nominations, participating in interviews, and attending site visits.

And also to our 2023 Board Leadership Award presenting sponsor:



With additional support by BoardSource.

With support and input from area experts, the Center created this award in 2011 to recognize and spotlight outstanding leadership from nonprofit Boards of Directors in the Greater Washington area.

This award distinguishes those Boards that go above and beyond recommended standards and fundamentals to bring new levels of leadership to their role, resulting in positive changes and notable successes for their organizations. To win the award, all candidates must go through an extensive selection process that includes nominations, interviews and final site visits.