Nandy Stuart named chief operating officer at Outer Banks Community Foundation

Published 12:43 pm Saturday, October 29, 2022

The Outer Banks Community Foundation has announced the promotion of Nandy Stuart to chief operating officer, effective October 10, 2022. In her new role, Stuart will oversee the organization’s operations, implement new business processes and establish policies that promote the Community Foundation’s culture and vision.

“Nandy embodies two of the most important attributes of an effective nonprofit leader – high professional standards and a deep commitment to the people we serve,” said Community Foundation CEO Chris Sawin.

Stuart joined the Outer Banks Community Foundation in 2019 as the scholarship program manager. She hails to the Outer Banks from Gainesville, Fla., where she had two successful careers, the first as general manager in the collegiate bookstore industry and the most recent as director of outreach programs for an intimate partner violence agency. “A leader at both organizations, she was recognized for her mentoring skills and for creating meaningful collaborations with partnering agencies and businesses,” stated a Community Foundation press release.

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Stuart earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida and relocated to the Outer Banks to be closer to family. Born in Argentina, she has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America. “Her background and love for diverse cultures are evident in her work at the Community Foundation as staff lead for its Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee and creator of multilingual content for the Scholarship program,” stated the release.

As scholarship program manager, Stuart streamlined the application process and engaged schools, parents and students to encourage more applications from diverse, underserved communities. Under her leadership, the program has grown to over 60 scholarships, including opportunities for students graduating from community college seeking further education.

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