Nancy believes in the power of community organizations to create connections between people, to provide opportunities to celebrate creativity and cultural diversity, and to promote health and justice in our communities. She is relentlessly optimistic about the mission of 501 Commons.
In addition to her executive director role, Nancy is responsible for communications and marketing of 501 Commons services and is the lead with our foundation partners.
Nancy joined 501 Commons in 2002, when it was the Executive Service Corps of Washington. Like many of the staff members at 501 Commons, she was a volunteer consultant. She was asked to step in as an interim executive director of an organization with 1.5 FTE and a budget of less than $200,000. Six months later she became the executive director.
Prior to becoming executive director, Nancy worked in health care as the Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Group Health Cooperative and Director of Quality for the Washington State Hospital Association. She also worked for Washington State, developing health care reform policy and dramatically expanding Basic Health Plan enrollment. Her experience with nonprofit organizations includes being the Director of Planning, Marketing, and Community Services for PacMed, a founder of the Cross-Cultural Health Care Program, and various roles with community health clinics.
She is married and has two children. Nancy and her husband Frank met while working together to organize the Survival Services Coalition, which resulted in Seattle directly funding human services for the first time.
She studied social psychology at University of Texas and received a Masters from the Evans School at the University of Washington, where she was an affiliate faculty member teaching courses on management and leadership of nonprofit organizations.
Fun Fact: When Nancy worked for Pacific Medical, she wrote the bond proposal that resulted in the addition to Pacific Tower that includes the beautiful Panoramic Center, where 501 Commons, our partners in the building, and many nonprofits enjoy the best view in the city!