Anne Wallestad

Anne Wallestad

Executive Coach and Principal, Anne Wallestad Coaching LLC

Anne Wallestad is an executive leadership coach focused on helping social change leaders turn their attention to themselves so that they can do more good in the world. Working primarily with nonprofit and foundation CEOs and executive directors, Anne serves as both a coach and advisor, helping leaders bring intentionality and focus to their leadership practices and serving as a safe, confidential space to discuss thorny board, staff, and strategic issues. 

Prior to launching a coaching practice, Anne spent nearly 25 years as a nonprofit executive, including almost a decade as President & CEO of BoardSource, a globally-recognized nonprofit focused on strengthening the board-staff partnership within nonprofit organizations and foundations. While at BoardSource, Anne transformed the organization’s programmatic and business model – a change that resulted in BoardSource being named a Top 10 Finalist for the prestigious Drucker Prize for Innovation. These structural changes made it possible for BoardSource to dramatically expand its leadership role in the social sector, leveraging its unique role to challenge boards to lead with purpose and center equity. She is the author of the widely-disseminated article, “The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership,” which makes the case for board-level change that centers purpose, ecosystem, equity, and community voice. 

Anne is a graduate of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching Certification Program and an Accredited Associate Coach with the International Coaching Federation. She is also a certified practitioner of both the iEQ9 Integrative Enneagram and the DRiV Assessment.  

A native Midwesterner, Anne moved to Washington, DC in her mid-twenties to build a career working to create positive change in the world. In 2019, she and her wife relocated to Baltimore, living in the delightfully quirky neighborhood of Hampden. Anne is passionate about urban renewal and reinvestment, racial equity, LGBTQ equality, and all that it takes to create sustainable communities where all can thrive. In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, reading, listening to records, exploring Baltimore’s food scene, and being in the company of interesting and curious people who stretch her thinking and make her laugh.  


2023 Family Philanthropy Leadership Retreat

Posted on April 19, 2023 by Susan Stamerjohn, Michelle Tremillo, Alejandro Foung, Dr. Jason Franklin, Jonathan Brack, Sandra Fluke, Tonya Allen, Diego Zegarra, Sue Banerjee, Catherine Maddox Walton

Save the Date 2023 Family Philanthropy Leadership Retreat
Thank you so much for your interest in the Leadership Retreat. The event is sold out, and we are no longer accepting names for the waitlist, due to the unlikelihood of accommodating everyone on it already. We are delighted by the response, and we regret that we have to turn anyone away. Please keep an eye on our Programs and… Read More
Voices from the Field

Video Highlights from the 2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on November 12, 2021 by Dimple Abichandani, Will Cordery, Kimberly Myers Hewlett, Anne Wallestad

The Trustee Education Institute is one of NCFP’s signature events, offering family foundation board members and CEOs a comprehensive overview of family philanthropy trends and topics. The virtual Institute this September featured conversations on values, racial equity, board chair leadership, next-gen engagement, and much more. Here are short video highlights from a few of those sessions. Give Big and Give… Read More

Racial Justice in Family Philanthropy Symposium

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Vincent Robinson, Doua Thor, Dwayne S. Marsh, Irene Wong, Sandy Herz, John Matthew Sobrato, Nora Leccese, Annie Mahon, Hanna Mahon, Sam Vinal

Registration is now closed. If you have questions, please email NCFP’s Family Philanthropy Racial Justice Symposium is a two-day virtual learning opportunity for family foundation board members, CEOs, senior staff, and next generation family members seeking to deepen their knowledge around racial equity frameworks and practices. Leverage Philanthropic Partners, ABFE, Resource Generation, other experts in this space will lead… Read More

2021 Trustee Education Institute

Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker

NCFP’s Trustee Education Institute provides a comprehensive overview of the important legal, investment, ethical, grantmaking, and family dynamics issues facing family foundation board members and CEOs. Featuring the perspectives of innovative donors and a faculty made up of donors, board members, and highly respected philanthropy experts, this virtual seminar covers: Translating values and goals into action Connecting family legacy and… Read More

Family Foundation CEO Retreat

Posted on February 12, 2021 by Betsy Erickson, Janine Mason, Michael Smith, Tina Runyan, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bari Katz, Rob Reich, Shaady Salehi, Carmen Rojas, Diana Scearce

The role of a family foundation CEO is unique, often bridging generations of family members, community leaders, staff, advisors, and partners. Expectations can be challenging to meet and boundaries are sometimes vague and ever-changing. Success in this role requires a cadre of specialized leadership skills, particularly in these divisive and dynamic times. This 3-day virtual retreat, designed for both new… Read More