Amy Nisenson is a senior philanthropy professional with a 35-year proven track record of success across corporate, foundation and nonprofit sectors. She serves in a dual role as the Executive Director of The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and a nonprofit consultant. Her background includes working for a multinational bank and financial institution in the area of community relations, as well as working in the nonprofit sector as a fund development director and executive director. Amy is an accomplished strategic planner, grants manager, governance trainer, teacher and facilitator, working with nonprofits throughout Central Virginia, the Tri-Cities, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville. She is also a Certified Governance Trainer through Board Source.
Amy’s work is rooted in team building and collaboration, helping to build organizational capacity. Amy incorporates coaching techniques in her consulting practice; working closely with the boards and senior staff of nonprofit organizations to help them make informed decisions and build internal processes to become stronger, more stable organizations. She is one of the few nonprofit professionals who has worked on multiple sides of the “aisle,” which is a unique quality that assists the nonprofits that she consults with.
Amy is married with two married children and two granddaughters. She enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with family and friends, reading, volunteering. She is a graduate of The University of Virginia where she majored in Foreign Affairs. She completed the Leadership Metro Richmond Leadership Quest, Lead Virginia and has received a certificate in Corporate Community Relations from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Amy also serves on numerous boards in the Richmond area. She has been honored by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities as one of the 2013 Humanitarian Award winners and as one of the YWCA’s 10 Outstanding Women for Volunteerism in 2004.
Proudest Professional Achievement and Why?
Successfully starting a consulting business and building my book of business after being downsized from my job. This experience has taught me how to combine my passion and talents to help others.
Proudest Personal Achievement and Why?
My family! I am lucky to be married to the love of my life for more than 36 years and we have raised two caring, loving and hard-working children who continue to make us proud everyday.
Three words that someone else would use to describe me:
Caring; Humble; and Self-Motivated
I consider a day a success if:
I have been able to “pay it forward” and do something for someone else without expecting anything in return.
The toughest challenge I’ve ever faced is:
Being strong for my husband and son when our daughter was born with a heart problem and had to have surgery at three months. I was able to get through this by choosing to think positively and always considering my glass half full instead of half empty.
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -- Helen Keller, author