Nancy Lindborg has been the president and CEO of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation since August 2020. The Foundation awards over $300 million in grants domestically and internationally to advance its mission of working with people and communities to create enduring solutions for just societies and a healthy, resilient natural world.
Nancy has spent most of her career working internationally on the issues of democracy and civil society, conflict resolution, peace-building, and humanitarian response. She previously served as the president and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), a nonpartisan institute working to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict around the world.
Nancy served as the assistant administrator during the Obama Administration for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID, focused on supporting democracy and preventing and responding to crisis. During her tenure, she led response teams through complex challenges including the war in Syria, droughts in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, and the West Africa Ebola crisis. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she helped grow the organization into a globally respected institution known for innovative programs in the most challenging environments. She previously lived and worked in Nepal and Central Asia.
Nancy holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.