Nancy Withbroe, COO and Chief of Staff

Posted on December 20, 2017

Nancy Withbroe, CFRE, is Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff of the National Women’s Law Center. A key thought partner to the President & CEO and the rest of the senior executive team, she provides a strong day-to-day leadership presence for the staff, steering performance management to ensure alignment with the Center’s strategic plan and organizational effectiveness goals.

From 2013 to 2016 Ms. Withbroe served as the Center’s Vice President for Development & Strategy, leading efforts to substantially increase and diversify funding, facilitating a comprehensive strategic planning process with the Board and Co-Presidents, and serving as the primary staff liaison to the Board. In between these roles she spent a year as the vice president for philanthropic engagement & chief of staff at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the largest grantmaker in the D.C. metropolitan area. While there she oversaw a complete rebrand and a significant boost in strategic marketing and communications engagement and led the team that provides customer service to the 700+ individuals and institutions that have funds with the Foundation. As chief of staff she partnered with the President & CEO to rebuild the Board and governance structure and facilitated organization-wide implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plan.

Prior to these roles Ms. Withbroe served as senior director of development at Share Our Strength, where she led a team that raised millions of dollars by forming innovative partnerships with individuals, foundations and companies to support the organization’s No Kid Hungry campaign. She previously worked as a fundraising and organizational development consultant to national nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project as well as leading regional organizations in D.C. and Baltimore. She has also served in fundraising and program management roles for other D.C.-area nonprofits. Ms. Withbroe holds a BA from Carleton College in English and Women’s Studies and a master’s in educational leadership from American University, and is a certified fundraising executive (CFRE). A sought-after speaker and published author on philanthropy, social justice and nonprofit management, Ms. Withbroe served as president of the D.C. Metro Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was honored by the Chapter in 2012 as the inaugural recipient of the President’s Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service—in part for her role as co-founder of the Bridge to Integrated Marketing and Fundraising Conference, the largest such conference in North America. Ms. Withbroe currently is on the Board of ProInspire, a nonprofit that develops talented leaders for the social sector and leads Equity in the Center, a new effort that centers racial equity as a core goal of social impact.