The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, California, has named Nancy Lindborg as its new president and CEO. She will join the foundation in August.
A recognized leader in the areas of democracy, civil society, peacebuilding, and humanitarian response, Lindborg brings extensive experience to the foundation leading public service organizations and government agencies working to address some of the world's most complex problems. Over the course of her career, Lindborg has worked to assist people and populations affected by humanitarian crises and has demonstrated an ability to translate large-scale strategies into practical solutions. Since 2015, she has served as president and CEO at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), an independent nonpartisan organization founded by Congress that works to prevent and resolve violent conflict around the globe. As the first female president of USIP, Lindborg has been a leading voice on the important role of women in peacebuilding and was instrumental in the launch of the Women Building Peace Award, which honors and amplifies the voices of inspiring women leaders in the peacebuilding field.
Before joining USIP, Lindborg served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she directed more than six hundred team members and led global response teams focused on crisis prevention, response, and recovery. From 1996 to 2010, she served as president of Mercy Corps and helped grow it into a globally respected humanitarian organization known for operating in some of the world's most challenging environments.
In 2019, Carol Larson stepped down as president and CEO of the Packard Foundation after more than thirty years with the organization. Vice president and chief operating officer Craig Neyman will continue to serve as interim president until Lindborg's arrival.
"Nancy's global experience, deep integrity, and inspiring vision will increase the Packard Foundation's impact and accelerate our efforts to solve some of the world's most challenging problems," said Packard Foundation board chair David Orr. "Issues like global climate change and reproductive rights and health are increasingly interconnected, transcend borders, and demand urgent action. We are delighted to have Nancy lead us as we navigate the challenges and opportunities that face us and the world in the years to come."