NonProfit Times Lists Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch as Top 50 Executive in Nonprofit Sector

Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch was named to the 2019 NPT Power & Influence Top 50, an annual list in its 22nd year highlighting the nonprofit sector’s top working executives for innovation and influence on the broader sector. This is the fifth year that Lynch has been recognized by the publication for his leadership for Americans for the Arts. He was previously recognized in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2018. 


“It is a great honor and privilege to join my nonprofit colleagues as a recipient of this year’s NonProfit Times Power & Influence Top 50. It is particularly gratifying that a national arts organization is being recognized for the continued fight to build stronger communities through the arts,” commented Lynch. “The arts are uniting people and transforming communities across America, and it is vital that we continue to highlight their value and give support so that more lives can be enriched.” 


In its description about Lynch, The NonProfit Times wrote: “Lynch might be more effective at saving federal funding for the arts than the behemoths targeted for the cuts. He touts the economic impact of the largest and smallest organizations, traveling the nation making sure doors stay open. He leads the way in sharing ideas that even competitive organizations can all implement.” 


Others named to the 2019 NPT Power & Influence Top 50 include:

  • James Canales, President & Trustee, The Barr Foundation
  • Daniel Cardinali, President & CEO, Independent Sector
  • Timothy J. McClimon, President, American Express Foundation
  • Henry Timms, Executive Director, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

The 2019 honorees were selected from a group of approximately 300 executives. A committee of NonProfit Times staff, contributors, and a few executives were involved in the selection process. The executives on the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 list must have had an impact during the previous 12 months. 


Honorees will be feted in mid-September at the NPT Power & Influence Top 50 Gala at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 


Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at


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