RGK Center Director David W. Springer Named Among 2016 NPT Power & Influence Top 50

David W. Springer, Ph.D.
Director, RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

August 4, 2016 – The NonProfit Times announced Monday a list of the top executives who influence the nonprofit sector in the U.S., and David W. Springer, Director of the RGK Center and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor from the LBJ School, is among this year’s honorees. This list spotlights executives who have exemplified leadership and innovation in the nonprofit sector during the past year.

“The executives represented on these pages understand from where the sector has come and where it must go in an era when instant results are required of leaders,” the NonProfit Times said in an announcement.

The 2016 honorees were selected from approximately 300 top executives. A committee of NonProfit Times staff, contributors and key executives were part of the selection process.

"I am truly humbled and honored to be included among this year’s honorees," Springer said. "This recognition reflects the collective efforts of my colleagues at the RGK Center, and countless dedicated individuals and organizations across Austin who work tirelessly to improve lives and strengthen our community."

Springer was selected in part because of his work leading a collaborative community policing and community engagement effort to reduce crime and enhance safety, education and well-being in the Rundberg neighborhood of Austin. The Restore Rundberg initiative helped reduce violent and property crime by approximately 15% in targeted hotspots in the neighborhood.

Honorees will celebrate their achievements at the annual NonProfit Times Power and Influence Top 50 Gala at The National Press Club in Washington, DC in September. One honoree will be awarded the NonProfit Times Innovator of the Year award.

Other honorees on this year’s list include:

  • Bill Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
  • Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS

More details and a full list of honorees are available at http://nptimes.com/wp-content/uploads/pdf/Top50-P-I.pdf.