Melanie Herman

Executive Director and CEO of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center

Melanie Lockwood Herman is Executive Director and CEO of the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, a nonprofit that inspires effective risk management and Risk Champions across the nonprofit sector.  A prolific author of more than a dozen books, Melanie has delivered countless workshops, seminars, and keynote presentations for organizations simply unwilling to leave success to chance. Melanie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Affairs from American University (Washington, DC) and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University (Arlington, VA). She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. In August 2016, Melanie was named to The NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50, where she is described as “…the last word when it comes to sector risk assessment,” and a leader whose “insights have changed the way many of the sector’s top leaders think about the looming world around them…” The 2016 list honors leaders who are “mastering that balance between sustainability and change.” This is Melanie’s eighth appearance on the list: she was first recognized in 2007, and then again in 2008 and 2011-2015.

In addition to her professional career, Melanie is an active volunteer in both professional organizations and community-serving nonprofits. She currently serves on the boards of four national organizations: the American Foundation for the Blind, the National Human Services AssemblyCamp Fire, and the United Methodist Insurance Company.