Nancy Sauder

National Program Director

Nancy’s years of experience in a variety of professions have come together to inform her work as Girls Leadership CA Program Manager and Educator. She worked as an actor for many years before shifting her focus to theatre education where she discovered her passion for working with young people as an educator and children’s theatre director. Her next shift was toward Arts Integration in Bay Area public schools – one of her favorite gigs – where she taught science and poetry units using theatre concepts as a foundation. Through this experience she watched children light up and blossom before her eyes when offered a creative and kinesthetic alternative to direct instruction. She has also worked with and supported adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Nancy is a parent of three. She was certified as a Family Leadership Coach in 2012, and tailors her coaching work to the specific needs of parents and families. Nancy joined GL in 2013 as an educator and continues to teach GL workshops even after stepping into the role of CA Program Manager, as teaching gets to the core of her truest passion – guiding young people toward self-discover, and helping them finding their voice, power, and innate creativity.