NPQ Staff

Rick Cohen, National Correspondent

Rick joined NPQ in 2006, after almost eight years as the executive director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Before that he played various roles as a community worker and advisor to others doing community work. He has also worked in government. Cohen pursues investigative and analytical articles, advocates for increased philanthropic giving and access for disenfranchised constituencies, and promotes increased philanthropic and nonprofit accountability. E-mail Rick at rick@npqmag.org.

Aine Creedon, Digital Publishing Coordinator

Aine joined NPQ in summer 2011 as a social media intern and was hired soon thereafter. She has experience in social media, communications, and outreach in the nonprofit sector, and spent two years in AmeriCorps programs serving with a handful of organizations across the nation. Aine also serves on the Marketing and Communications Committee for YNPN Denver. E-mail Aine at aine@npqmag.org.

Shafaq Hasan, Community Builder

Shafaq joined NPQ in fall 2014. She is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she majored in art history, and spent most of her four years there working as the opinion editor and, subsequently, associate editor for the student newspaper the Justice. E-mail Shafaq at shafaq@npqmag.org.

Cassandra Heliczer, Senior Managing Editor

Cassandra joined NPQ in spring 2011. She comes with over sixteen years experience in publishing, most recently as alternative language arts editor at Pearson Education, Boston, and publications editor at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She holds overall responsibility for managing the flow, quality, and integrated development of content published by NPQ, and is in charge of coordinating and editing NPQ's quarterly print publication. E-mail Cassandra at cassandra@npqmag.org.

Ruth McCambridge, President and Editor in Chief

Ruth transformed the Nonprofit Quarterly into a national journal in 1999. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement. E-mail Ruth at ruth@npqmag.org.

Amanda Nelson, Operations Manager

Amanda joined NPQ in summer 2015. She is a graduate of Lasell College, where she received a Master’s degree in marketing. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for three years, and her previous position was philanthropy associate for Lahey Health. E-mail Amanda at Amanda@npqmag.org.

Jason Schneiderman, Online Editor

Jason joined NPQ in summer 2013 after spending some time as a freelancer and consultant. His extensive experience in the fields of editing and publishing gives him the skills needed to keep the NPQ Newswire running smoothly. E-mail Jason regarding the content you see on this website at jason@npqmag.org.

Joel Toner, President and Chief Operating Officer

Joel joined NPQ in spring 2014. Joel is a seasoned senior media management executive with extensive experience in product development, content management, and marketing for a wide variety of media products encompassing magazines, books, websites, digital products, conferences, and TV/video productions.

More recently, Joel served six years as vice president/publishing director for F & W Media—managing a diversified media business with eighteen-plus magazines and online brands with multiple business conferences, consumer events, and reader competitions, and generating advertising and consumer revenues of $35 million-plus—and over seven years as senior vice president/publishing director of New Track Media LLC, with a portfolio of digital, video, television, events, and magazines generating revenues in excess of $70 million.

Additionally, Joel serves on the board of directors of Yankee Publishing Inc. and
served as trustee of the Massachusetts Horticulture Society from 2004 to 2011. E-mail Joel at joel@npqmag.org.