Vice President, Programming and External Relations
Grace Chiang Nicolette, Vice President of Programming and External Relations, works closely with the President on the organization’s outreach efforts, communications, and innovative programming, including oversight of CEP’s biennial conference for foundation executives and CEP’s widely-read blog. Prior to this role, Grace was a manager on CEP’s Assessment Tools team, where she led the marketing, creation, and presentation of CEP’s benchmarking assessments for individual foundations. Grace is a frequent speaker at conferences and foundation boards and staff on many topics of foundation effectiveness and also philanthropy in China.
Prior to joining CEP in September 2011, Grace co-founded Social Venture Group (SVG), a philanthropy advisory firm in Shanghai that identifies investments in high potential nonprofits and social enterprises in China. As a result of her work, the World Economic Forum named her one of its Young Global Leaders in 2011. She remains active on the Board of SVG and also advises numerous foundations and nonprofits on their work in China. Grace has an executive education certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar with a BA in Economics and International Relations. She resides with her husband and two children in Cambridge, where they are active members of their church.