Nancy Lee

Senior Advisor, Special Initiatives

Nancy helps manage special initiatives and other program related grantmaking.

Nancy co-manages special initiatives grants of particular significance to the Fund’s founders and trustees, including the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund. She also works closely with the Fund’s program staff in other grantmaking areas.  

Nancy first joined the Fund in 1996 as a program consultant. She has held a range of positions over the years at the Fund, including Senior Program Officer for the Education Equity program. She has 30 years of experience working to improve the lives of low-income children, youth and their families. 

Most recently, Nancy helped shape the funding strategy and managed an annual $3M education and workforce development grantmaking portfolio for the Marcled Foundation.  She has worked with a variety of other private and public funders deeply involved in these issues, including San Francisco Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Packard Foundation, and the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families. She also has extensive experience in public policy and organizing, including serving as an aide to then-California Assemblyman John Burton.

Nancy’s many career achievements include: developing and overseeing programs providing sports opportunities to more than 30,000 young people in the Bay Area as director of programs and grantmaking for Coaching Corps; creating a nationally recognized welfare reform program in Oakland for the Clorox Co. Foundation; and developing the community outreach strategy for the implementation of a successful early childhood initiative in Alameda County.

A former Coro Fellow, Nancy has served on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and was a board member of the United Way of the East Bay.  Nancy has a master’s degree in social work from San Francisco State University.

Nancy Lee

It’s been an exciting and challenging privilege for me to work on a variety of the Fund’s grantmaking programs over the years. The values of equality, fairness and opportunity woven throughout all of this work align with my own hopes for a more just and compassionate world.