Nadya Shmavonian

Nonprofit Strategic Direction Consultant

Ms. Shmavonian is an independent consultant who most recently served as president of Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) from January 2010 – July 2012, where she presided over the closure of the organization. She provides strategic direction and counsel to private foundations and a broad array of local, national and international nonprofit organizations. She has extensive foundation management experience, having served as vice president for strategy at the Rockefeller Foundation, and executive vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts where she also worked as director of administration and as a program officer in health and human services. Ms. Shmavonian serves on the Boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy; the Partners for Seed in Africa Fund, an initiative for South Sudan supported by Howard Buffet; and the Lenfest Foundation. She helped found and served on the board of The Alliance for A Green Revolution in Africa (a joint partnership of the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations). She has served on the Advisory Boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was one of the first two non-family members of the Surdna Foundation Board, where she served for six years. Ms. Shmavonian holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.B.A. in healthcare management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded the Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award from Wharton Women in Business in 2011.

Faculty for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2018 – present