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Nancy Roob

Nancy Roob is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and the CEO of Blue Meridian Partners.

Roob 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, which in eight years leveraged $155 million of EMCF’s own funds to help 16 grantees secure nearly $487 million in additional private and public funding. The launch in 2016 of Blue Meridian Partners opens a new chapter in the evolution of this investment approach. (Roob and Chairman Stan Druckenmiller discussed Blue Meridian Partners in the Nonprofit Quarterly.)

Nancy Roob's TEDx Talk - In 10 Years: A New Normal for Philanthropy

At this year's TEDxPennAve in Washington DC, Nancy Roob shared how a life-changing experience encouraged her and EMCF to re-imagine the way philanthropists collaborate to help meet our nation’s most pressing challenges.

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. 

Forbes: Blue Meridian Partners a "Philanthropic Bet to Help Nation’s Kids"
Stan Druckenmiller, Connie Ballmer and Nancy Roob discuss why they joined Blue Meridian Partners, and what the collective effort aims to achieve for our nation’s children and youth.

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.

Cited as one of “New Philanthropy’s Biggest Stars” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Named Foundation President of the Year by Inside Philanthropy

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  • Geoff Canada and Harlem Children's Zone

    “Nothing has been more transformational in my life than the relationship with Harlem Children’s Zone.”

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  • Blue Meridian Partners - The Big Picture

    The partners’ vision: "to really move the needle on social problems in this country."

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  • What It Takes to Scale

    The challenge and importance of "access to unrestricted capital."

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  • What Sets Blue Meridian Partners Apart

    Critical criteria for a potential Blue Meridian Partners grantee: "the track record and the ambition of the leadership."

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