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    Charity Navigator Promotes Laura Andes to Chief Program Officer


    April 25, 2022 - SADDLE BROOK, N.J. - Charity Navigator, the world's largest evaluator of nonprofits, has announced the promotion of Laura Andes to Chief Program Officer. Ms. Andes will lead the continued evolution of Charity Navigator's nonprofit ratings.


    Ms. Andes joined Charity Navigator in September 2021 as Vice President of Impact Ratings. In this role, she led Charity Navigator's Impact Unit and increased the number and types of nonprofits scored on direct programmatic impact.


    "After an extensive search, the choice was clear. We couldn't be more excited to have Laura as our Chief Program Officer," said Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. "She embodies our values, has proven herself as an effective leader, and possesses a deep understanding of monitoring, evaluation, and impact analysis from academic and practical perspectives. We are confident that she will bring our ratings and resources to new heights."


    "I'm thrilled to serve in this elevated capacity," said Laura Andes. "With the help of our talented team, I look forward to increasing the depth and breadth of our ratings, helping millions of donors find and support the most effective, impactful nonprofits working to solve the world's most pressing issues."


    Before joining Charity Navigator, Ms. Andes served as the Senior Vice President of National Resident Services at Mercy Housing. Earlier in her career, she spent nearly fifteen years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). After working to implement the President's Malaria Initiative in multiple African countries, Ms. Andes served as the Division Chief for Strategy, Analysis, Outreach, and Evaluation within the Bureau for Global Health.




    Charity Navigator, the world's largest and most-utilized independent nonprofit evaluator, empowers donors of all sizes with free access to data, tools, and resources to guide philanthropic decision-making. Through Charity Navigator's ratings, nonprofits are equipped with the nonprofit sector's premier trust indicator and a powerful platform to raise awareness and funds. Charity Navigator does not charge the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. As a result, Charity Navigator, a 501(c)(3) public charity, depends on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations that believe it provides a much-needed service to America's charitable givers.