Leading Experts

James Abruzzo

Mr. Abruzzo is the co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School (RBS). He is an internationally recognized nonprofit management consultant, writer and educator. He concurrently serves as Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Nonprofit Practice of DHR International, a global executive search firm. Over the last thirty years he has provided ongoing strategic advice to many national and international nonprofit organizations. He is on the faculty of RBS and additionally, Mr. Abruzzo serves on the faculty of the Department of Economics, University of Bologna and is a frequent guest lecturer at the Freie Universität of Berlin. The author of Jobs in Arts and Media Management, Mr. Abruzzo served on many nonprofit boards; for the last sixteen years on the Board of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation.

Alex J. Plinio

Mr. Alex Plinio is the co-founder of the Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School (RBS). Former President/CEO of AFS-USA, the largest nonprofit international and intercultural student exchange program in the United States, Alex Plinio previously held senior executive positions at Prudential Financial in the areas of insurance, investments, financial services and public affairs. His business experience includes executive positions in marketing, operations and administration, change management and start-ups. He was head of Prudential Annuity Services, a billion dollar retirement products business.  He also led the start up and served as President of the Prudential Foundation.  

Mr. Plinio has founded and served on the boards of many organizations devoted to community and economic development, youth, education and the arts, including the Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership, the Governor's Schools of New Jersey, Gifts in Kind Inc. and the Independent Sector. He also served on the Board of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, the Alliance for International and Intercultural Education, Association for International Practical Training and the Corporate Advisory Groups of the Council on Foundations, the Conference Board, the United Negro College Fund, and the national United Way.

Mr. Plinio has presented before numerous and diverse audiences including the Conference Board, US Council of Mayors, business and professional groups among others. He was honored by Thomas Edison State College with the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, for his distinguished record of state and national service.

He currently serves on the faculty of RBS, the Advisory Editorial Board for the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance and is the Managing Director and President of a consulting practice, Alex J. Plinio & Associates LLC. His publications include Resource Raising: The Role of Non Cash Contributions in Corporate Philanthropy; he was a regular columnist for Fundraising Management Magazine and he is a recipient of the Private Sector Initiatives Award from the President of the United States and the Rutgers Outstanding Alumnus Award.


Judy Young

Judy has expertise in Leadership Development, Ethical Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Change Management, Learning & Development, Consulting and Human Resources. She has extensive experience in the business sector at Johnson & Johnson, in Management Consulting firms and within the nonprofit sector for Hospital systems.

As a business management and organization development consultant, Judy has lead domestic and international projects that focused on the following: Leadership Development, Ethical Leadership, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Performance Improvement, Reengineering/Redesign of business processes, Operational planning and implementation, Team Development, Total Quality Management/Process Excellence, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational assessment, alignment, structure and design.

Judy holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Communication (MBA concentration), from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (English minor) from Montclair State University. Judy earned a certificate from Rutgers University in the Mini MBA Business Essentials Program and completed the Executive Organizational Effectiveness Program at Columbia University.