Visionary and practical, Nancy Alexander, MA, MBA, CMF Visionary and practical, Nancy Alexander works with organizations and leaders to co-design and lead processes that help them define, expand, and realize their vision and mission to make a transformational impact. She brings wide knowledge of organizational dynamics and structure, strategic planning, governance, board development and succession, group process, workshop and program design, visioning, innovation, marketing, branding and positioning, finance, diversity and inclusion, fundraising strategy, and grant-making.
Nancy is a Columbia University-certified executive coach, member of the Bregman Leadership Coaching team, a trained mediator, certified systemic team coach, and the 27th Certified Master Facilitator (the highest credential in the facilitation field) worldwide. In 2017 she will earn the Diploma in Systemic Team Coaching from the Academy of Executive Coaching, UK.
Nancy began her career in brand management, marketing, strategic planning, and new ventures with Procter and Gamble and American Express. After serving as a Bank of America vice president, she became a social innovator and eco-entrepreneur and founded one of the first green consumer product and service companies in Connecticut. Upon successful exit, she launched her consulting practice, Lumenance Consulting LLC (formerly Nancy Alexander Consulting).
Nancy works with start-ups, organizations, and leaders in transition, co-designing and leading processes that help them define, expand, and realize their vision and mission. She brings wide knowledge of organizational dynamics and structure, strategic planning, governance, board development and succession, group process, workshop and program design, visioning, innovation, marketing, branding and positioning, finance, diversity and inclusion, fundraising strategy, and grant-making,
An expert consultant and researcher, and even more importantly an open listener and creative questioner, Nancy skillfully draws out the knowledge and wisdom she believes is inherent in her clients and their stakeholders. Clients rely on her to create spaces where they find new, inspiring answers and opportunities based on their unique individual and collective strengths and aspirations, and then develop the focused, practical strategies for bringing them to fruition.
“Nancy is a brilliant strategic thinker, a highly skilled communicator, and a remarkably effective facilitator. She shines especially in inspiring organizations toward creative, innovative, yet sensible solutions to complex problems.”
“… a gifted professional who coaches and guides organizations to foster leadership based on enduring values of service and success.”
“Watching Nancy listen changed the way I work.”
Nancy is also an angel investor and experienced, hands-on non-profit leader. She is vice-chair of the board of Dwight Hall at Yale, a 130-year-old student public service and social justice organization, where she co-led the creation of its new strategic plan. Former chair of the Community Fund for Women and Girls of Greater New Haven and its grants committee, she led the fund through a major expansion of its mission, resources, and impact and the transformation of its grant-making process and criteria. She also serves on the board of Long Wharf Theatre. Nancy has evaluated hundreds of grant applications for the Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, United Way, and other grantmakers. She also co-chaired a record-breaking $76 million campaign for Emma Willard School. An active alumna, Nancy was a founding member of the Women Faculty Forum at Yale, a founder of YaleWomen, the organization of all Yale alumnae, and one of the first women to serve on the Yale Alumni Fund board of directors. Nancy’s work on strategic philanthropy and women’s philanthropy has been presented widely in the US and the UK.
Born into a theatre and film family and a graduate of New York City public schools, Nancy earned her BA in sociology and MBA from Yale and her MA in women’s studies at Southern Connecticut State University, and was a PhD candidate in religious studies at Lancaster University, UK. She is also a Yale Public Voices Fellow with the Op-Ed Project, and a member of the Golden Seeds angel investor group and Gamechanger Films. Completing the New York City Marathon took her almost as long as raising four daughters.