Glennda Testone joins Nonprofit Leadership Lab as its inaugural CEO

The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, which empowers and educates leaders of small and medium-sized nonprofits, on Tuesday announced it appointed Glennda Testone as its inaugural CEO, effective Feb. 1.

Given the Montclair-based lab’s exponential growth — supporting nearly 20,000 nonprofit leaders since its establishment in 2017 — Testone’s experience and leadership will steer the organization into its next phase of growth and impact, which includes the goal of serving a million nonprofits.

“I’m so excited to work with the lab community. For over two decades, I’ve led movements for social change and supported the communities that drive that change. The lab is a bigger, broader canvas, to support, strengthen and diversify the nonprofit sector. I can’t wait,” Testone said.

Testone has served as served as the executive director of New York City’s LGBT Community Center for the past 14 years. She demonstrates a careerlong commitment to community, empowerment and inclusivity. Some highlights of her leadership include helming two successful capital campaigns, transforming the historic New York City building, tripling the operating budget and guiding a racial equity transformation focused on inclusivity and accessibility.

“The Nonprofit Leadership Lab’s remarkably empathetic and inclusive global community encourages nonprofit staff and board leaders to develop their strengths as the visionary leaders their organizations deserve. Glennda’s expertise, passionate leadership and fierce advocacy will ensure that we reach our goal of driving social impact — and helping a million nonprofits thrive,” founder Joan Garry said.

Testone also served as vice president at the Women’s Media Center, and, during Garry’s tenure as executive director, as the senior director of media programs for the national Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.