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Dr. Nancy Lippe

Lecturer, Philanthropy, Social Enterprise & Community, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center

Dr. Nancy Lippe has developed and led nonprofit programs in schools and communities for the last 17 years, focusing on conflict resolution, philanthropy, college access/perseverance, and art/nature discovery.


Nancy has spent her career developing entrepreneurial solutions to community issues. Inspired by her work as a community foundation program officer, Nancy is passionate about building community resources/resilience. While living in the San Francisco Bay Area, she launched a charter school, a family giving network, numerous community forums, as well as a college mentoring/scholarship program for first generation college students. She also started a teen grant-making program in partnership with the Packard Foundation, and has been teaching youth and college philanthropy ever since. Currently, in addition to philanthropy consulting, Nancy works as the Director of Arts & Environment at The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, where she is most excited about developing program partnerships with environmental groups and neighboring towns, including Lowell, Framingham and Maynard. She serves on several local nonprofit boards, and is a facilitator in a local restorative justice program. She received her BA with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University, and her doctorate in education from the Fielding Graduate University. If she is not outdoors biking/hiking/skiing, she is making things, reading, chatting with friends/family, and figuring out her next adventure.