The list recognizes nonprofit leaders for creating innovative strategies to advance the work of their organizations and positively impacting the entire philanthropic sector with their groundbreaking ideas.
Ms. Gould was recognized for her visionary leadership in the area of women’s economic security, in particular for her founding of the Collaborative Fund for Women's Economic Development, a pioneering grantmaking model which leveraged over $10 million in the field of women’s microenterprise development in the United States.
Ms. Gould shares the honor with a number of well-recognized nonprofit executives, including Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gara LaMarche, President and CEO of the Atlantic Philanthropies, and Sterling Speirn, President and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, who are at the forefront of tackling the nation's most pressing concerns.
The Ms. Foundation, under Ms. Gould's leadership, continues to pioneer new strategies to guarantee economic justice and security for women, families and communities. In today’s unraveling economy -- from rising healthcare and childcare costs to the mortgage crisis and record inflation -- women's perspectives are especially crucial. Women of color and low-income women, among those who experience economic insecurity most acutely, are best positioned to understand the urgent priorities of their communities and propose practical, community-based policy solutions to meet their needs. The Ms. Foundation promotes women's full participation at policymaking tables and leads the way in building women’s collective power and creating critical connections across race, class and gender to realize a just and inclusive democracy for all.