Beth Fenger is the new chief partnerships officer at Independent Sector in Washington, D.C.
Fenger most recently founded and led Community Impact Solutions, a consultancy focused on organizational development for nonprofits and small businesses. She also spent eight years with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), rising to the position of national director, partner strategy & volunteer engagement where she developed BGCA’s strategies and systems for intentional and focused engagement of partners at all levels of the organization.
Prior to her time at BGCA, Fenger held roles with Points of Light Foundation and HandsOn Network in the areas of organizational growth planning, capacity building and sustainability, and partnerships and community development.
At Independent Sector, Fenger will lead resource development efforts to fuel the organization’s new strategic plan, as well as expand and deepen partnerships with nonprofits, foundations, corporations, and individuals interested in promoting a strong civil society by mobilizing their talents, skills, and resources.
“We are thrilled to welcome Beth, who comes to Independent Sector with deep expertise and experience in using organizational resources and partnerships to maximize results,” said Daniel J. Cardinali, president and CEO of Independent Sector. “Beth will serve as an exemplary thought leader for Independent Sector, our members, and the entire charitable community.”
An AmeriCorps alum, Fenger holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
“I have been working my entire career to help nonprofits and small businesses connect people, resources, and ideas to make the world a better place,” said Fenger. “I am honored to be joining Independent Sector in an exciting time in its journey toward strengthening civil society through building strong communities across the country.
According to her LinkedIn profile: “After selling everything I owned at the end of 2016, I spent 2017 backpacking in South America, exploring new cultures and improving my Spanish language skills while working at hostels and creating guest travel itineraries. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. Being able to expand my perspectives and flex my creativity muscles every day was a gift. More importantly, I spent time marveling at how beautiful our world is and learning from others that no matter our culture, language, or background, just how much we are alike in our drive for genuine connection, love, meaning, and happiness.”