Nancy Withbroe, COO and Chief of Staff

Posted on December 20, 2017

Nancy Withbroe, CFRE, is Chief Operating Officer & Chief of Staff, serving as a key thought partner to the President & CEO, the rest of the senior executive team, and the Board of Directors. Ms. Withbroe provides strong day-to-day leadership for the Center’s staff, steering performance management to ensure alignment with the strategic plan and organizational effectiveness goals – with a deep emphasis on equity and inclusion. From 2013 to 2016 Ms. Withbroe served as the Center’s Vice President for Development & Strategy, leading efforts to substantially increase and diversify revenue and facilitating a comprehensive strategic planning process. In between these roles she spent a year as Vice President for Philanthropic Engagement & Chief of Staff at the Greater Washington Community Foundation, the largest grantmaker in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Prior to joining the Center Ms. Withbroe served as Senior Director of Development at Share Our Strength, where she led a large 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 Ford’s Theatre Society, as well as leading regional organizations in D.C. and Baltimore such as Joseph’s House and Paul’s Place. She began her career as a fundraiser and program manager at the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

Widely known as an inspiring and inclusive leader in philanthropy, social justice, and nonprofit management, Ms. Withbroe is a past 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 its 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 serves on the board of ProInspire, a nonprofit that develops talented leaders for the social sector and that centers racial equity as a core goal of social impact. Ms. Withbroe holds a B.A. 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).