Nancy Brimhall began her work in the non-profit field in Alaska where she conceived of a highly successful state-wide conference series to support artisans in the areas of law and marketing and where she subsequently was the first executive director of the Institute of Native Alaskan Arts and launched its cultural arts programming. Subsequently, she focused her interests in fundraising and went on to serve as a senior leader in several major Boston healthcare organizations, including as Director of Development for both Planned Parenthood, during their first capital campaign, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, during a $57M capital campaign where she also oversaw plans for a new $125M+ campaign for medical education. She also served as Chief Development Officer for Harvard Medical School affiliated Schepens Eye Research Institute (the largest independent eye research institute in the world), overseeing a $5M annual fund and a $65M+ capital campaign. In 2004, after returning to California to secure a $55M campaign project to launch COPIA: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts (founded by icons Robert Mondavi and Julia Child), she returned to providing philanthropic advisory consultations in the area of capital campaigns, major gifts, and family foundations. Consulting clients have included diverse local, regional, national and international organizations.
Brimhall has served on the California State Hospice Association’s development committee, is twice a former board member of Women in Development of Greater Boston (the largest professional development organization in New England), and was the 1998 vice chair of Massachusetts Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) conference. Brimhall has been a frequent mentor and presenter and was among the first group to be certified nationally as a “Certified Fund Raising Executive.” Brimhall holds a B.A. in English and Art and a California lifetime teaching certificate. She has consulted pro bono for the Fund for East Timor, founded by a Nobel Peace Laureate, and other peace projects.