Nancy Devine joined The Wallace Foundation in September 2001 as director of communities and currently leads three major efforts at the foundation to increase and improve the time that children – especially those with the greatest needs – are engaged in learning activities beyond the traditional school day. The initiatives are: an effort to help cities across the country develop and test ways to build sustainable systems that support high-quality after-school programs; an effort to add time during the school year for learning and enrichment in low-performing schools; and a similar effort to expand learning and enrichment time over summer.
From 2004 to early 2007, Devine was also responsible for Wallace’s grant-making in the arts and led the development of refined and expanded strategies in the arts. They included helping arts institutions to bring the arts to more people, especially those who do not participate in the arts, and supporting a citywide approach to provide high-quality arts learning opportunities for children and teens.
Devine has more than 25 years of experience in the delivery of services and revitalization of communities. Before joining Wallace, she was senior vice president of program and nonprofit investment with the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, an economic development corporation. While there, she led the creation and implementation of major initiatives to strengthen the arts and culture industry, build the capacity of nonprofits, and develop the workforce. She held senior positions in New York City and state government under Mayors Edward I. Koch and David Dinkins and Governor Mario Cuomo.
Devine received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Arizona State University and was the recipient of a Fannie Mae Fellowship for the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.