City and State NY: The 2022 Nonprofit Power 100

City and State NY: The 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 | October 2022:  The public officials, philanthropic leaders and nonprofit executives leading the sector in New York. 

Nonprofit organizations play an invaluable and yet overlooked role in New York. Social services nonprofits contract with government agencies to carry out essential functions, whether it’s protecting children, caring for the elderly or providing aid to the poor. Some nonprofits represent vulnerable New Yorkers in court while seeking criminal justice reforms as well. Others focus on homelessness, housing, immigration, public transit and access to health care, to name a few. These organizations, with rare exceptions, are led by idealistic executives who toil day after day to make New York a better place. 

The Nonprofit Power 100, a partnership between City & State and its sister publication, New York Nonprofit Media, identifies the sector’s most important and effective leaders. It also highlights top government officials and heads of major philanthropies whose funding and oversight drive the work of New York’s nonprofits. (The list, however, excludes other kinds of nonprofits, including institutions of higher education and media organizations.) Read on to see where everyone stacks up in the 2022 Nonprofit Power 100 – including a No. 1 who’s new to this year’s list. 


100. Ben Thomases, Executive Director of Queens Community House

Following in a long family tradition of public service, Ben Thomases has served as Queens Community House’s executive director since 2015. Prior to the role, he was the executive vice president for programs at Seedco, an economic development organization, and chief operating officer at Wildcat Service Corp. As executive director of Queens Community House, he has advocated for fair pay for human service workers and the expansion of voting rights. He has also helped lead the group’s growth through the renovation of its Forest Hills, Queens, headquarters.

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