October 17, 2017
 
David Magnani to Step Down as ED of Mass. Nonprofit Network

David Magnani
February 22, 2011 — David Magnani, executive director of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state’s nonprofit trade association, will leave his post at the end of March to focus on legislative policy matters for the 400-member organization.

Magnani, who in 2007 was named the first executive director of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), said, “We brought the organization to where we wanted it to be right now. This is the right time to step down.

“With the board about to engage in a new, three-year strategic planning process, it’s best to have a director who will be in place to see it through.”

A replacement or interim executive director has not been named yet.

Last month, Bill Walczak, who has served as founding MNN board chair in his capacity as CEO of Codman Square Health Center, was named president of Carney Hospital, part of the for-profit Steward Health Care System. It is expected that he will be step down as chair and a replacement announced at the MNN annual meeting in June.

The turnover at the top follows a number of staff changes at MNN in recent months. Last August, Esther Hanig joined as deputy director and Vanessa Meisner was brought in as director of operations. The organization’s development and communications staff were also revamped last summer when new development and communications managers were named.

Magnani said he will continue to serve as an informal advisor to the MNN board in addition to working part-time as a policy advisor.

A former state representative and state senator, Magnani founded EdAction Associates, a consulting firm focused on education and technology-based economic development, prior to joining MNN. He also served as founding director of the Citizen Involvement Training Project, which provided support to nonprofit organizations.

MNN, launched in January 2007, provides advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building for its members. Membership has hovered at around 400 organizations for the last two years.

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