Zherka Recognized for Excellence by Meyer Foundation
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October 2, 2007
Washington, DC - DC Vote is pleased to announce that Ilir Zherka, our Executive Director, has been named a recipient of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation’s 2007 Exponent Award. The award recognizes visionary leadership of nonprofit organizations working in the DC Area with budgets ranging from just under $1 million to more than $5 million. The Meyer Foundation selected Ilir as one of five awardees from among 30 nominees.
“Nonprofit leaders provide critical services every day to communities with growing needs,” says Julie L. Rogers, president of the Meyer Foundation. Ilir Zherka and the other four awardees “represent some of our region’s best and the brightest. All five have navigated their organizations through significant challenges to achieve success, stability, and significant growth. They have demonstrated remarkable skill both as managers and leaders, and all are at pivotal moments in their tenure.”
During the five years of Ilir’s tenure, DC Vote has not only grown as an organization but also helped mobilize the strongest legislative push in three decades to end District residents’ disenfranchisement. As DC Vote continues to pressure Congress to pass the DC House Voting Rights Act, recognition of Ilir's leadership by a local foundation is timely and important.
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About the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation:
Established in 1944 by Eugene Meyer, owner and publisher of the Washington Post, and his wife Agnes E. Meyer, the Meyer Foundation is one of the Washington region’s oldest and most experienced private grantmaking foundations. It strengthens Greater Washington as a community by supporting capable, community-based nonprofit organizations that foster the well-being of all people in the region.