Nancy Pryor is Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Incubation at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. As part of the Advancement management team, she has played a key role in the organization’s growth since joining the organization in 2013. She spearheads the incubation period of new programs by forming and onboarding talented teams. Currently, Pryor supports the California Education Learning Lab and is helping to build systemic capacity to foster more inclusive teaching and learning practices in public, post-secondary education.
Pryor has a professional background in marketing and communications; she has led public relations and communications campaigns for public benefit and social good by leveraging the missions and reach of the California Community Colleges. Pryor has managed relationships with multiple boards and stakeholder groups, working with emerging leaders and established executives to share best practices and advance common causes.
- Supporting scaling and systemic change aligned with the strategic priorities of the California Education Learning Lab
- Drives broader public awareness, engagement, and support for incubated projects and programs
- Launched the Student Centered Design Lab, which established a clearinghouse for design and user research services for system-level educational technology
- Led the organization’s first design sprint to streamline and redesign the California College Promise Grant application
- Launched and oversaw the Civic Impact Project, a peer-led voter registration campaign at 25 campuses
- Incubated early stages of employer engagement and environmental outreach programs; currently helping to stand up a Student Centered Design Lab for the California Community College system
While serving as the Director of Communications, Pryor worked with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Communications and Marketing Division to bring greater consistency and alignment across California Community College projects. Pryor also previously oversaw the Foundation’s corporate sponsorship function and served as the liaison to fundraising and advancement professionals throughout the state. Pryor joined the Foundation after managing the marketing and communications department at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce, which also led tourism and economic development initiatives.
Pryor earned her bachelor of arts in political science from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she spent a semester studying international relations in Amman, Jordan, inspired by Arabic language courses she took at San Diego City College.