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.
Before becoming executive director of 501 Commons, Nancy worked in health care as the Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Group Health Cooperative and as the Director of Quality for the Washington State Hospital Association. She pursued her passion for expanding access to health care by developing health reform policy for the Health Services Commission and by serving in senior marketing roles at Pacific Medical and the Basic Health Plan. She dramatically expanded the number and diversity of Basic Health Plan enrollees, helped create the Cross-Cultural Health Care Program, and held various roles with the community 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!