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Ms President US Inc

A Girls' Civic Leadership Program

Ridgefield, CT   |  https://mspresidentus.org/

Mission

Ms President US motivates and prepares girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions and know they can achieve them.

Notes from the nonprofit

Through our program, girls learn about public speaking, political diplomacy and listening skills, local/state/federal government, and women’s history while having an opportunity to meet and greet exemplary female leaders. The program culminates with an all-day field trip to the state capitol and a campaign and election for Ms President US. The winner accompanies their First Selectperson at appearances and speaking engagements throughout the year until the next Ms President US is elected. While there are some wonderful programs focused on inspiring high school girls to engage in civic leadership, this program engages younger girls. The Ms President US program aims to reach girls at a pivotal age, before their self-esteem transitions from peak to plummet, as commonly takes place during the middle school years. The program was launched in Ridgefield in 2017-2018. Over 350 girls have been through our program, and survey results indicate a %100 likelihood to vote.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Amanda Cordano

Program Director

Ann Pettigrew Nunes

Main address

PO Box 238

Ridgefield, CT 06877 USA

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EIN

82-2508937

NTEE code info

Girls Clubs (O22)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, the percentage of women in civic leadership positions does not reflect their percentage of the population. Ms President US seeks to reach equal representation of women in civic leadership positions: women will occupy equal representation of women in civic leadership positions: women will occupy at least 50% of the seats in US Congress and in State Legislatures; at least 50% of State Governors will be women, and women will be future US Presidents. Girls' self-esteem peaks at age 9 and then begins to plummet -- we want to catch them pre-plummet. Ms President US wants to ensure that every girl in the US know that they too can be President of the United States if they choose to -- so long as they were born in the US, and not before 35 years of age. For all girls living in the US but not born here, Ms President US wants to encourage them to become civic leaders locally and in their state.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ms President US

Ms President US is a non-partisan, non-profit, community-based initiative, dedicated to motivating and preparing girls to aim for the highest civic leadership positions and know they can achieve them.

Leadership sessions are held on Friday afternoons (1 to 2 sessions per month) from October to March, followed by a campaign & election in April that is open to the public. Girls entering 4th to 8th Grade are welcome to enroll. High School girls with leadership experience may apply to be Mentors.

The main goals of Ms President US are:
To teach girls the importance of female involvement in public service, the responsibility it entails, and the opportunity it provides.
To impart exemplary values in future leaders – values that unite, uplift and inspire regardless of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or disability.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ms President US teaches girls the importance of female involvement in public service, the responsibility it entails, and the opportunity it provides. We strive to impart exemplary values in future leaders—values that unite, uplift, and inspire regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Ms President US seeks to motivate and prepare young women to get involved in civic leadership, resulting in equal representation of women in civic leadership positions: women will occupy equal representation of women in civic leadership positions: women will occupy at least 50% of the seats in US Congress and in State Legislatures; at least 50% of State Governors will be women, and women will be future US Presidents.

Ms President US encourages young people to create organizational change as a focused experience that increases their likelihood to take action. Young people who are inclined to take action in their communities have self-confidence, understand their social and political environment, and are more apt to become civically engaged.

Ms President US provides authentic engagement which is a young person’s experience with an adult who takes the time to get to know them by listening and understanding who they are — their cultural and lived experiences, interests, and passions. Engaging authentically involves placing young people’s personal stories at the center of the program's work and ensuring that they feel valued, heard, and cared for by adults.

Ms President US challenges young people to identify their inner spark, to name it, and to identify pathways to achieving their goals by offering opportunities to explore leadership and providing exposure to role models as civic leaders and mentors. Each session challenges young people’s growth through expectations for performance, leadership through management, organization, or facilitation, and public speaking. Our program is an ongoing dialogue between leaders, mentors, and participants encouraging young people to identify issues that are important to them in their lives and in their communities, ultimately proposing how they can change their environments to better meet the needs of their communities.

Ms President US will expand opportunities for hands-on activities within each chapter to encourage young people to experience with an adult who supports them to try new things, broaden their horizons, learn about other people’s cultures and perspectives, and explore their own identities.


How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ms President US Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rudy Marconi

First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield CT

Term: 2016 -


Board co-chair

Michele Booth

Rudy Marconi

First Selectman, Town of Ridgefield

Mary Anglade

Founder, sparqGen

Toni Boucher

Former State Senator, CT

Brenda McKinley

Director, Ridgefield Library

Wayne Floegel

Registrar or Voters

Michele Booth

Former Pharmaceutical Executive

Liz Osterhus

Head of Change Management and Training, IPSOS

Jeff Goncalves

Program Director, Boys and Girls Club of Ridgefield

Amanda Cordano

Program Director, Ms President US

Natalie Esikumo

Former Ms President US Mentor, Boston College student

Cristina Andreana

CPA, ACT Financial and Tax Services, LLC

Carin Crook

Chief Engagement and Communications Officer, Deloitte

Annie Tucci

6-12 Humanities Curriculum Supervisor, Ridgefield Public Schools

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

No data

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.