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A strategic communications professional, Nancy co-founded the national investment bank sbLiftOff to bring “humanity to M&A.”  sbLiftOff works in the under-served lower middle market with a particular emphasis on culture matches and, uniquely in the investment banking space, is female-owned and led. At sbLiftOff Nancy focuses on brand development, research, marketing, and corporate philanthropy.

A thought leader, Nancy publishes widely, from the Harvard Business Review to USA Today. Working with NVSBC Nancy organized the first national conference on veteran ETA – Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition in 2021, a gathering keynoted by a Cabinet-level official, the Administrator of the SBA. A tireless advocate for veteran ETA, as a Board member of NVSBC she drives its veteran ETA work, Chairing its VetsETA national planning committee.

Prior to sbLiftOff, Nancy served as a top executive at the Stimson Center, a global defense and security think tank in Washington DC. Previously, Nancy held senior positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and also served the United Nations Family Planning Agency, taking missions into war zones (Darfur) and hot zones (Mindanao region of the Philippines). Her ad campaign for the United Nations with Meryl Streep earned an award from the Advertising Council; her communications work for the Stimson Center netted the organization a MacArthur Genius Award.

Nancy has published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Playboy, Ms magazine, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, and elsewhere. Her commentary has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, US News and World Report, among many other outlets.


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