Nancy Roob, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

TITLE: President and Chief Executive Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Youth development, K-12 education, college access

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PROFILE: Nancy Roob is President and CEO of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Her bio on the foundation's website reads:

Nancy Roob is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

She played a major role in developing and implementing EMCF’s grantmaking strategy of making large, long-term investments in building the organizational capacity and evidence base of nonprofits whose programs have the potential to lift the life prospects of greater numbers of America’s most disadvantaged youth. She also pioneered a form of coordinated, collaborative investment, called growth capital aggregation, that to date has engaged 45 co-investors and helped 16 grantees secure nearly $279 million in additional private and public funding. 

Before becoming president in 2005, Roob was the Foundation’s vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to that, she developed EMCF’s Program for New York Neighborhoods, which launched community-building and neighborhood-stabilization projects in the South Bronx and Central Harlem. One of the projects this program supported evolved into the Harlem Children’s Zone, whose success has inspired legislation to create “Promise Neighborhoods” throughout the nation. 

Before she joined the Foundation in 1994, Roob worked for the Boston Persistent Poverty Project, a program of the Rockefeller and Boston foundations; the Fund for the Homeless, a project of the Boston Foundation; and the Child Care Resource and Referral Center, also in Boston. 

Roob is a graduate and trustee of Hamilton College, and holds a master's degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.