There are 1.6 million nonprofits in the United States. Identifying those organizations with a Washington presence, and creating a list that is both manageable in size and reflects the big picture, is a monumental task. Our partner again in this process is CEO Update, the independent news publication that covers trends, careers, and people in associations and nonprofits.
CEO Update's managing director, Mark Graham, has once again brought his extraordinary expertise and diligence to the project. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that the information we deliver to National Journal readers is not only accurate but is also organized in a deeply thoughtful manner that delivers important insights into the association and advocacy community.
This year's salary survey reveals that, while women have been rising in the ranks of these organizations, there are still relatively few female CEOs — and there are no women among the top-paid executives on our list.
"The gender disparity for the CEO role is particularly stark in the trade and professional associations," Graham says, "but the issue doesn't begin or end in the corner office. Our research shows that men outnumber women in senior staff roles by a factor of 4-to-1."