Nan lives in Seattle where she is the Senior Service Corps Advisor for 501 Commons– orienting and supporting volunteers who help build the capacity of nonprofits throughout Washington State. She also has her own consulting practice and has worked with nonprofits, foundations, and local governments. Nan managed the Environmental Sustainability Program for The Russell Family Foundation, including 350 grants to 157 nonprofit organizations.
From 1985 to 2002, she served three Washington Governors, first as deputy director and executive director of the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority and later as chair of the Puget Sound Action Team. Prior to that, Nan worked for Washington local government associations, providing training on energy conservation, and helping to develop energy policy and codes. She also worked for the League of Oregon Cities on issues including land use and growth management, community and economic development, election laws, juvenile justice, and energy policy. Nan has served on and chaired a variety of public and nonprofit boards.