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Client & Student Comments

Writing is the loneliest journey for those who choose it. But I’ve found the road more joyous and the stories richer since I started sharing them with Nancy. She is a one-woman support system that ensures your voice is immortalized on the page.
— Yasemin Yilmaz MFA, Screenwriter, co-founder of the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival
I’ve worked in education in different capacities for over 20 years. No one rivals Nancy for her brilliance and compassion. This may well stem from Nancy herself being the embodiment of educational opportunity, which transformed her life and drives her pursuit to transform the lives of vulnerable kids. She has an expert sensibility for innovation and impact, and will most certainly elevate any organization she serves.
— Greg Harris, Principal Owner, New Governance Group
Nancy is an extremely talented analyst, researcher, and editor. She is one of the most purpose-driven, energetic, and enthusiastic people I know. Nancy works tirelessly to support others in meeting their objectives; her contributions at Innovation Partners have been invaluable.
— Lisa Duty, Founder, Innovation Partners America and Executive Director of Leadership Ohio
‘You win with people’ and Nancy gets this. We were colleagues during Knowledgeworks’ evolution. Nancy’s leadership and intellectual contributions were central to messaging a new vision for learning, and enrolling communities and leaders across the US in KW’s bold, new agenda to reimagine learning for every student. I, specifically, recall her groundbreaking work to place student voices at the center of national education policy and advocacy. Nancy is a true leader, thought partner, and tireless champion for social justice and change.
— Ernest Perry, Senior Advisor at OhioHealth
Nancy was my first boss starting my career after college. She was an amazing mentor who cared deeply for her team while staying focused on the vision of the organization. Nancy is extremely intelligent, inspiring and most importantly a good person.
— Ashley Sutton, HR Business Partner, One Medical Group
Nancy helped me open the heavy door that was laden with fear and step into a new space where I could find my voice and write again.
— Sandra Razieli of RaziYoga
Nancy is a consummate professional with a passion for education and social justice that undergirds everything she does. She’s creative, talented and a true deep thinker who knows how to transform great ideas into action. Nancy is also a natural leader who prioritizes creating professional and personal learning opportunities for others. I owe much of my own success in education to Nancy’s mentorship a decade ago. She is an asset to any organization or mission she serves. It was an honor and a privilege to serve along side her.
— Carri Schneider, Senior Writer, XQ Institute
Nancy is passionate about ensuring more equitable outcomes for underserved youth. That passion, coupled with competence in creating and managing important projects that have impact, make her an effective, ethical, and hard-driving change agent.
— Joel Vargas, Vice President, Jobs for the Future