President and CEO
In 1994, Nancy Robertson decided that she would dedicate her life’s work to helping children in need after she and her husband first met their then eight-month-old daughter, Grace on Christmas Eve in Shanghai, China. Nancy’s single-minded passion for children is the underpinning of the Grace Children’s Foundation (GCF) and the Children’s Resource Exchange (CRE)’s emerging digital platform.
Nancy was born in Albany, New York and lived all over the United States and in Europe, growing up in a military family, developing her sense of diplomacy early on. She attended the State University of New York at Albany and went on to pursue a career in acting. She then lived in Washington, D.C., studying acting while working in local theaters.
Nancy moved to New York City where she pursued her acting career in the 1980′s and early 90′s. She performed in the New York theater and daytime television. She worked with such talents as Tennessee Williams, Tom Stoppard and Jose Quintero. Her background in theater and her communication skills served her well in developing an infrastructure of individuals who pledged support for her passion for helping children.
She conceived the idea of an organization that would target the children who had little or no access to vital medical, surgical and rehabilitative resources essential for their well-being. Nancy Robertson and a handful of like-minded people came together in this endeavor, and in 1997 the Grace Children’s Foundation was born.
In 2017, GCF partnered with innovators at Microsoft and Microsoft Philanthropies to begin the transition of the case by case network to a digital platform that will help save the lives of children worldwide…scaling the solution to the magnitude of the problem.
Nancy Robertson has been honored in many ways since beginning her work. She has served on the International Advisory Committee for the Independent Sector in Washington, D.C., spoken before the United States Congress on behalf of the children and was selected to carry the Olympic torch during the 2001 Salt Lake City games on behalf of the first responders after 9/11 and children in need. She lives in New York City with her husband, GCF’s co-founder Brooks Robertson, and their daughter Grace – the light of her life.
Nancy’s vision is to see the children to a place where they may elevate themselves beyond survival to a place where they flourish and have a chance to live with dignity and purpose. Nancy is dedicated to the children who wait.