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February 9, 2018

Executive Compensation at the Wounded Warriors

by Anne Paddock

The Wounded Warriors organization is technically named the Wounded Warrior Project, Inc. (WWP) although many people simply refer to this non-profit 501 (c) (3) as “Wounded Warriors.” Established in 2005, WWP is based in Jacksonville, Florida and serves “veterans and service members who incurred a physical and mental injury, or wound co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.”

Each year, WWP submits a Form 990 to the IRS which details key financial information about the organization. The 2015 IRS Form 990 (covering the period beginning October 1, 2015 and ending September 30, 2016) reports the following information:

733 individuals were employed at a total cost of $42.7 million (an average of $52,000 each) although 32 individuals received compensation greater than $100,000.

The 15 highest compensated employees were paid $4.3 million (an average of $287,000 each):

  • $604,551:  Steven F Nardizzi, CEO (through 3/16)
  • $420,905:  Albion J Giordano, COO (through 3/16)
  • $356,635:  Jeremy M Chwat, Chief Strategy Officer (though 9/16)
  • $346,542:  Ronald W Burgess, CFO
  • $338,471:  Adam Silva, Chief Program Officer (through 5/16)
  • $287,170:   Peter S Gayton, VP Economic Empowerment (through 12/15)
  • $238,032:  Jonathan B Sullivan, VP Economic Empowerment
  • $236,651:  Ayla M Tezel, VP Communications
  • $235,525:  Adeline E Poudrier, VP Human Resources (though 9/16)
  • $227,834:  Amberlie Allred, VP General Counsel
  • $227,683:  Jennifer M Silva, CHF Program Officer (beginning 8/16)
  • $226,140:  John T Hamre, III, VP Direct Response
  • $206,357:  Michael C Richardson, VP Independence and Mental Health
  • $191,811:  Bruce G Nitsche, VP Special Projects (through 9/16)
  • $134,630:  Ryan Clement Pavlu, VP Warrior Engagement

As listed above, 11 of the 15 (73%) most highly compensated individuals are men while 4 (27%) are women.  Of the 10 most highly compensated individuals, 7 are men while 3 are women with the men on the top of the list and the women on the bottom.

Peter Gayton received a severance payment of $84,000.

To read the most recent IRS Form 990 (2015), click here.

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