Ms. Nancy Maier received her MBA from the University of Detroit Mercy and her BA in Journalism from Michigan State University. She began her career in the corporate sector, transitioning to the non-profit world after learning she could make a difference in local communities while earning a living.
Her early work in non-profit began with event planning, membership management for a large manufacturing association, then moving into University Advancement with eight years of experience at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. There she led the $25.5 million capital campaign moving the dental school to its current campus which also marked the beginnings of regentrification in the historic Cork Town neighborhood of Detroit. During her tenure with the University, Nancy’s efforts and collaboration with the Executive Leadership team resulted in two dental alumni serving on the Board of Trustees and the University receiving the single largest cash gift from a donor, benefiting the School of Dentistry and College of Engineering and Science.
Today, Nancy serves as the Chief Development Officer for the Michigan Dental Association Foundation and has been with the organization for a year and a half. During that time, she has concentrated her efforts on organizational change and growth. This has included analyzing overall foundation operations, ROI of programs and board operations as well as organizational change. This analysis has included restructuring through Bylaw revisions, specific board accountability metrics and donor centered programs. Highlights to date are a 21% increase in fundraising and a 50% increase in scholarship and grant support throughout Michigan.