Nancy Chan is a director at Arabella Advisors, where she advises clients on strategy development, project evaluation, and implementation. Nancy serves as the program officer for the hope & grace fund, a project of the New Venture Fund in partnership with the global women’s skincare brand philosophy, Inc. Through her work with hope & grace, she developed a set of recommendations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in grant-making practice, available for download at, and published a recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Eliminating Implicit Bias in Grantmaking” to highlight this work. In addition to grant making, Nancy currently manages evaluation on behalf of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assess the impact of their Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) program. Nancy also volunteers on the steering committee of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s (AAPIP) San Francisco chapter. She holds an MPP from the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy and a BS in electrical engineering from MIT.


Equity, Inclusion, and Connecting with Community in Family Philanthropy

Posted on March 9, 2017 by James Gore, Leticia Peguero, Nancy Chan, Sahar Afrakhan

What does inclusivity mean for family philanthropy? How can we promote diversity, community engagement, and openness while retaining the family focus of our giving practices? This session will feature a conversation on strategies for connecting with community and building an equity lens into your grantmaking and internal operations… Read More

A Checklist of Potential Actions: Incorporating DEI into Your Grantmaking Process – Arabella Advisors

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Nancy Chan, Pam Fischer

The checklist below, provided by Arabella Advisors is intended to provide actionable ideas on how to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in grant-making processes. They gathered these ideas based on Arabella Advisors’ own experiences with grant making, as well as research posted on the D5 Coalition website, feedback from many philanthropists (such as members of EPIP, AAPIP, HIP, and BAPIP), and other resources (including the Bay… Read More