Nancy Murphy

Founder and President

With nearly 30 years of experience, Nancy is known for her strategic thinking, exceptional facilitation skills, ability to forge effective partnerships, gift for communicating complex concepts in clear and simple ways, and knack for bringing vision to reality.

She’s been a mentor and advisor to executives from local governments, federal agencies, global nonprofits, foundations and Fortune 100 companies.

Nancy designed, implemented and communicated sustainability, CSR, community engagement and philanthropic strategies for companies including UPS, Sodexo, Johnson Controls and Freddie Mac. She led strategic planning and initiative design for nonprofit organizations including W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Temple University; and created messaging and communication strategy for local government agencies including the Baltimore Mayor’s Office for Employment Development and DC Public Library.

Nancy worked for global and national consulting firms, including leading APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice and the D.C. office for Metropolitan Group. Nancy worked in philanthropy, leading international grantmaking for Steve and Jean Case’s family foundation and an initiative to scale the impact of highly effective nonprofits at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. As an “intrapreneur” in many of these places, she made all the mistakes you can make. Learn from hers so you don’t have to make the same ones.

She’s managed teams of two to 20 people, in the same office and virtually, around the world.

As a trainer and speaker, Nancy’s shared her expertise from Kuala Lumpur to Kansas City and London to Las Vegas.

Nancy holds a master’s degree in public affairs from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, a master’s in health communication from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from University of Dayton. But that’s just her formal education. In her spare time, you can find her reading books and listening to podcasts on race, power and privilege; influence and persuasion; psychology, anthropology and sociology; and neuroscience. That’s some serious informal education!

She’s a proud member of American Public Health Association and BoardSource.

Nancy’s board service includes 11 years with Pact (six as board chair), five years with Taproot Foundation (two as board chair) and three years with National Youth Leadership Council. She currently serves on the board of Atlas Corps.

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