Nancy Withbroe Becomes the National Women’s Law Center COO and Chief of Staff
(WASHINGTON D.C.) Nancy Withbroe has joined the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) as Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff, NWLC said today. Established in 1972, NWLC is a preeminent national organization that advances equality and opportunity for women and girls.
Withbroe previously worked at NWLC as Vice President for Development and Strategy from 2013 to 2016, helping the organization make significant strides in strategic planning, diversifying revenue, and engaging donors.
Withbroe, with a background in organizational development, philanthropy and nonprofit strategy, which includes work with Share Our Strength, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, and more recently, the Greater Washington Community Foundation, brings depth of experience to an organization that made a leadership transition earlier in the year, when Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO, succeeded founders Marcia D. Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell after four decades of ground-breaking advocacy for women and girls.
“I’m thrilled that Nancy has returned to the Center at this critical time to help build on a tremendous legacy,” says Goss Graves. “Her strong leadership is essential as we respond to near constant attacks from the Trump administration, push for progress for women, administer our Legal Network for Gender Equity and the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund, and more.”
“I like coming into an organization when there’s an opportunity to implement change and increase impact,” says Withbroe, who will work as a thought partner to Goss Graves and the senior team. “I’ll integrate work across the organization, shape new roles, nurture leadership of current staff, and work with Fatima to turn the organizational vision into reality.”
With an educational background in literature and women’s studies, Withbroe has a love of storytelling and seeing it come alive through action. “We’re shaping a winning narrative as we work on policy and advocate for women and girls,” she says. “And, we have a more intersectional approach that focuses on women of color, low-income women, and LGBTQ individuals.”
Stepping into a new role at a time when women’s protections are rolling back carries particular weight for Withbroe. “There’s that much more urgency now,” she says. “On the eve of the 2018 State of the Union Address, people are looking to us as a leading advocacy organization that fights for women and families.”
Social justice and caring for collective welfare runs in Withbroe’s family; she has decorated her office with portraits of her feminist foremothers, including a great-great aunt who served as a combat nurse in WWI, earning a Purple Heart Medal . “These women had limited resources but were resilient,” she says. “They inspire me to help others and dismantle barriers today.”