Amigos de las Americas Names New President, CEO

Sep 21, 2010, 10:52 ET from Amigos de las Americas

HOUSTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a comprehensive national executive search process, Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS), has announced the appointment of its new President and CEO, Mr. Martin Sinnott.



"This is an exciting time for AMIGOS.  We are poised to greatly enhance our impact throughout the Americas with ever-improving programs, more youth involved, and stronger relationships with communities and partner agencies. To take advantage of these opportunities, AMIGOS needs visionary leadership, strong management, effective outreach to partners, and a new level of resource development," said Clyde Layne, Chairman of the organization's International Board of Directors.  "In his extensive nonprofit experience, Marty has demonstrated just the combination of skills and passion for youth development that will lead AMIGOS to a new level of service."

Sinnott joins AMIGOS with a 30-year background in human services and nonprofit administration. His key career accomplishments have included creating innovative programs, building organizational capacity, and influencing public policy. He served for 18 years as the CEO and President of Kids Hope United, a national human service organization, and The Youth Campus in Park Ridge, IL.  He also held senior administrative and direct service positions in the public child welfare sector for more than a decade. Most recently, he served as a Principal Search Consultant with the national firm of Kittleman and Associates.

"An important factor in my accepting the job of CEO at AMIGOS is that the International Board sees itself in a strategic leadership role," Sinnott explains. "Great things have occurred in the lives of Volunteers and the communities served by AMIGOS. The Board's commitment to strategy and innovation ensure that even greater things will be accomplished in the future."

He adds, "I am honored  to be chosen as the next CEO after such a rigorous and competitive selection process. I look forward to leveraging my history in nonprofit leadership for such an exciting, diverse organization."

Sinnott has extensive experience and knowledge in governance, having served on numerous Boards including: the Child Welfare League of America; Child Care Association of Illinois; Child Welfare Advisory Council; Alliance for Children & Families; the Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort; and the Back Office Collaborative (BOC), a shared administrative platform for eight of Chicago's largest human service agencies.

Sinnott holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.  He and his wife Janet have three children, one recent college graduate and two still in school.

About Amigos de las Americas (AMIGOS)

AMIGOS is a Houston-based, international nonprofit organization, founded in 1965, that empowers teenagers and young adults to develop leadership skills and increase multi-cultural awareness through training and community service in Latin America. For more information, visit

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