Nada Wheelock Selected as Executive Director of Foundation for VPS

Interim Executive Director Nada Wheelock rises to the top in national search for the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools Executive Director position.

Wheelock has served as the interim executive director since July, 2016. She previously served on the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors.

Wheelock is a senior leader who brings to the Foundation strong change management and leadership skills. She has a proven track record of building and cultivating personal and professional relationships and managing multiple stakeholders across organizations to collaborate and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

She will be charged with growing capacity, implementing the organization’s initiative, and increasing the community’s knowledge of the Foundation’s work. She will direct Foundation staff, operations, budget, and development activities; serve as the principal liaison to Vancouver Public Schools staff and School Board; and advise and inform Foundation Board members.

Vanessa McLaughlin, Board President, lauded Wheelock for providing great leadership and structure while serving as interim director of the organization. “We had several outstanding candidates vying for the position, and at each turn, Nada’s keen understanding and commitment to the Foundation’s mission caused her to stand out as the key candidate to lead the Foundation for VPS through our next level of commitment to the children of Vancouver Public Schools,” said McLaughlin.

“Vancouver is a caring community, and my time as interim executive director reaffirms the significant contributions made by many individuals and organizations to create opportunities to cultivate and inspire student success over the last 28 years. I am honored to work with a passionate Foundation board of directors and staff, dedicated Vancouver Public Schools staff, community partners, volunteers, and donors to address growth and capacity to enable the Foundation to have an even greater impact on our community’s children in the years to come,” said Wheelock.

Wheelock holds a master’s degree in business administration from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. She has worked in marketing and general management for EMC Corporation and Fidelity Investments. Throughout her career, she has applied private sector skills to local education and human services organizations in a variety of leadership and volunteer roles and consulting projects. These include co-founding the Tuck Nonprofit Fund at the Tuck School of Business and consulting to the SPOON Foundation.