Nancy Murphy

Founder and President, CSR Communications

Nancy’s spent her career saying what others are afraid to – and learning to say it in ways that others will listen. As founder and president of CSR Communications, she teaches leaders how to influence and persuade others so they can realize their vision for change faster, with less frustration and resistance.

Nancy’s previous experience includes more than a decade in consulting firms, leading APCO Worldwide’s corporate responsibility practice and then heading the D.C. office for Portland-based Metropolitan Group. Nancy served as executive vice president and senior advisor for social innovation at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and led international grantmaking for the Steve and Jean Case Foundation.
Her extensive board service includes 11 years with global NGO, Pact, including six years as board chair; five years with Taproot Foundation, including three as board chair; National Youth Leadership Council, Atlas Corps and Interfaith Center for Peace (at The Ohio State University). Nancy’s an active member of BoardSource and has delivered training for their members.

Nancy holds a master’s degree in public affairs from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School, a master’s in health communication from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from University of Dayton.


Voices from the Field

Do Your Board Meetings Need a Makeover?

Posted on December 3, 2020 by Nancy Murphy, Ann Maddox Utterback

In this new series, Meeting Makeovers, board development expert and founder of CSR Communications, Nancy Murphy, highlights a different meeting challenge each quarter and offers a makeover solution. This first installment, co-written with Ann Maddox Utterback, board chair of the JF Maddox Foundation, addresses the problem of “hand-me-down” meeting culture. Problem Area: What to do with a “hand-me-down” meeting culture that… Read More

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