When Nancy Collins was a child, her father showed her the value of finding a profession she could love. She has carried that vision throughout her entire life, and continues in that vein even to this day. Over the years, Ms. Collins has mostly chosen to work for nonprofit organizations because that was where she felt she could make the greatest contribution, see the greatest change, and have the most fun. Some of her more notable roles include executive director of The Marconi Society, assistant to the chairman of Novo Holdings A/S, assistant to the president of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and assistant director of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has also served as the corporate development officer of the Graduate School of Business and the director of administration for the Sloan Executive Program at Stanford University, as the assistant director of a tour in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok, and as a program director for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Her current position is senior vice president of Landbank Investments.
Although Ms. Collins loves her career in foundation administration, she initially wanted to be a journalist. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1955 and completed a postgraduate fellowship at Cornell University between 1955 and 1956, and spent the next four years freelancing in London, England; Paris, France; and Frankfurt, Germany. She eventually decided to switch gears and obtained a Master of Science in personnel administration from her undergraduate alma mater in 1967, the same year she was selected as a grantee of the Richardson Foundation. Her love for words never faded, however, and she remained connected to that world by authoring short stories, poems, and articles for newspapers and magazines. Additionally, she was the editor of “Have a Great Day: Today and Every Day of Your Life,” for Bay Sports Publishing” and “In Good Taste” for Wimmer Brothers, and the author of books like “Love at Second Sight” and “Women Leading: Making Tough Choices on the Fast Track.”
If Ms. Collins could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to work hard, to be honest to a fault, to be patient, and to have fun. She hopes to be remembered as honest, tactful, professional, and hardworking. Her achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
When Ms. Collins has free time, she enjoys tennis, ballroom dancing, and horseback riding and dressage.