Nancy Hayes


Nancy has more than 30 years of experience as a business leader and mentor, in for-profit, non- profit and academic organizations. Most recently, Nancy served as the Dean of the College of Business and subsequently as Vice President/CFO, Finance & Administration, at San Francisco State University from 2005 to 2013. As dean, she was responsible for supporting 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, and as CFO also had responsibility for HR, IT, housing, physical plant and construction for the entire 30,000-student campus.

Nancy enjoyed a twenty-year career at the IBM Corporation, holding a wide array of management and senior executive positions in sales, marketing, consulting and services. In her last position as General Manager, Worldwide Operations, IBM Sales and Services, Nancy led the reengineering effort to restructure IBM to ensure consistent execution on a global basis.

Nancy left IBM in 1997 with the goal of bringing her business and management skills and experiences to the non-profit environment. For more than five years, she was CEO of the STARBRIGHT Foundation in Los Angeles, an entrepreneurial non-profit organization chaired by Steven Spielberg and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf. This innovative non-profit startup merged the worlds of technology, media/entertainment and healthcare to create products and programs to help seriously ill children cope with the medical, emotional and behavioral challenges they face on a daily basis.

Subsequently, Nancy was President and CEO of WISE Senior Services, a social services agency focused on improving the quality of life and quality of care for low-income, isolated and frail elderly and disabled adults in Los Angeles County.