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February 28, 2020

Executive Compensation at the Americas Society

by Anne Paddock

The Americas Society is a non-profit tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) headquartered on Park Avenue on the Upper East Side in New York City, NY. Described as an organization dedicated to education, dialogue and debate on economic, social, and political issues that affect the Americas (United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean), the Americas Society appears to be a cultural center.

So what does that really mean? It means the Americas Society organizes exhibitions, readings, interviews, speeches, concerts, performances, reports, and more at its headquarters, which is a building on the National Register of Historical Places. And, the Americas Society also publishes REVIEW Magazine (an English language journal of literature from Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean), and Americas Quarterly (a policy journal) with the assistance of Council of Americas, another non-profit, tax-exempt organization, that just happens to be headquartered at the same address.

In terms of size, the Americas Society raised about $15 million and spent about $6 million in 2017 meaning the organization is small and saved more than it spent.

In 2017, the Americas Society reported having 106 employees who were compensated $3.2 million, which equates to an average compensation of $30,200. 11 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 8 most highly compensated employees reported to be:

  • $781,798:  Susan L Segal, President and CEO* ($273,569 from COA)
  • $472,295:  Brian Winter, VP Policy, Editor-in-Chief AQ* ($114,470 from COA)
  • $441,931:  Peter J Reilly, CFO, VP, Corporate Secretary* ($148,864 from COA)
  • $209,472:  Carin Zissis, Editor-in-Chief AS/COA Online ($73,193 from COA)
  • $176,397:  Gabriella Rangel, Director, Visual Arts
  • $168,209:  Sebastian Zubieta, Director, Music
  • $167,559:  Alana Tummino, Director Policy, Sr Editor AQ
  • $147,112:  Pola Shijman, Sr Director, Special Events

The employees with a * notation above received compensation from the Americas Society and the Council of Americas, a non-profit is headquartered in the same building and also an organization that the Americas Society works with.

The above 8 employees were compensated nearly $2 million, along with $600,000 from the Council of Americas, which means the majority of the compensation paid out at the Americas Society was to 8 staff.

5 of the most 8 (66%) highly compensated employees are male while 3 of the 8 (34%) are female.

1 independent contractor (Donald Partyka) of New York, NY received more than $100,000 ($113,275) for design consulting.

In summation, the Americas Society is a very small non-profit with some very well compensated employees at the top.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2017) for the Americas Society, click here.

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