Nancy Down

Senior Partnerships + Operations Lead

As Senior Partnerships & Operations Lead for IDEO.org Nairobi, Nancy works to create the conditions to enable IDEO.org Nairobi to thrive. Nancy was one of IDEO.org's first team members based in Nairobi and leads operationalizing the studio’s strategy. Nancy also supports the studios partnerships engine through developing new partnerships with organizations working in East Africa, as well as stewarding existing IDEO.org relationships in the region. 

Nancy was previously based in our New York studio, where she was on the co-founding team, and was Chief of Staff to the CEO. In her role as Chief of Staff, Nancy provided high level support and guidance to the CEO across a range of activities including strategic initiatives and fundraising. Nancy started IDEO.org in San Francisco where she was IDEO.org’s first business operations team member. 

Prior to joining IDEO.org, Nancy worked in finance and operations at a software company in Silicon Valley. She studied for a semester in Barcelona and has also traveled extensively in Southeast Asia. Nancy holds a bachelor's degree in finance and international business from Santa Clara University. When she's not at IDEO.org, Nancy spends her time seeing live music and cheering on San Francisco sports teams.

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