Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, z”l

Development Chair

Brooklyn, NY

Nancy Schwartz Sternoff, z”l, Development Chair, was a feminist leader who applies her three decades of experience as a fundraiser, capacity builder, consultant and coach. Her deep experience in the independent sector has enabled her to excel at helping clients articulate strategies, break strategies down into specific objectives, and devise and implement tactics that help keep projects moving and growing. Before co-founding G&S Consultants with Phyllis Goldman in 2011, Nancy served for 13 years as the Director of the Dobkin Family Foundation, a pre-eminent funder of feminist leadership, advocacy and women’s advancement. In that capacity, she served as an advisor to highly respected organizations such as the Ms. Foundation for Women, American Jewish World Service, and The Jewish Women’s Archive, among many others, and used her extensive experience in growing annual campaigns and undertaking special campaigns to provide technical assistance to the foundation’s grantee partners. She has advised the network of Jewish women’s funds for over 15 years, focusing on gender lens strategies to deepen impact, fundraising and planning. Nancy’s prior experience includes six years as Senior Vice President of the Baltimore Jewish Federation, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Choice, and chief fundraiser for former Congressman John Miller of Washington. Additionally, Nancy has been a volunteer activist, serving on the boards of numerous national organizations. She presently sits on the boards of The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and Bikkurim, an innovation incubator. She has served as an evaluator for Slingshot, and was selected to serve as a juror for the Americans for the 2013 UNFPA International Award for the Health and Dignity of Women. She holds an M.A. in American literature from NYU and a B.A. in English from Syracuse University.