Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Nancy Muirhead is counsel and corporate secretary of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Most recently, she served as assistant secretary and program director for the South Africa portion of the RBF's Pivotal Place program. From 1990–2001, she also led the Fund's work to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Central and Eastern Europe.
Ms. Muirhead serves as the volunteer attorney coordinator at the New Sanctuary Coalition, which provides pro se legal support to those seeking political asylum and other immigration relief in the United States. She is on the board of Friends of Ikamva Labantu, a nonprofit which provides community-based support to disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, South Africa, and the steering committee of the Refugee Employment Partnership, a volunteer effort which seeks dignified employment for new Americans in the New York region. Ms. Muirhead was one of the founding co-chairs of the steering committee of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, a Tides Center project, and previously served as chair of the Nonprofit Enterprise and Self-Sustainability Team (NESsT), which works to solve social issues in emerging markets by developing and supporting social enterprises. She has also previously served on the steering committees of the U.S. International Grantmakers Group and the International Committee and the Treasury Guidelines Working Group of the Council on Foundations.
Prior to joining the Fund in 1989, Ms. Muirhead practiced law at Fox, Horan, & Camerini, a firm in New York City specializing in international commercial transactions in Europe and Latin America. Ms. Muirhead holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from New York University School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs and French civilization from Brown University.