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Kate Judge

Executive Director

Kate Judge has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the areas of healthcare and non-profit communication, resource generation and management. Her work has supported large and small organizations in education, healthcare, and human service within the United States and abroad.

She became the Executive Director of the American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association and American Nurses Credentialing Center, in 2012 to lead its expansion.  The Foundation, one of the first to invest in nursing research, now has a diverse program portfolio focusing on the health of nurses and the impact on patients, leadership development, health policy, and elevating the image of nurses.   As Executive Director, she helped launch the national Nurses on Boards Coalition in 2015 and the national Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation campaign.  She also served as Executive Producer for Defining Hope, a 2017 documentary about end of life and the unique expertise of nurses.

Prior to leading the Foundation she served as Assistant Dean at both University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing and School of Veterinary Medicine.  She has also directed development and communications at the American Red Cross in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the affiliate/national coordinated fundraising at the national Red Cross organization in DC.  Her community philanthropic leadership includes serving as Board President, Treasurer and director for Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia and a board member for St. Vincent’s Face-To-Face, a Philadelphia community service organization. She lives in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C.

Karen Schofield-Leca

Director of Development

Karen Schofield-Leca joined the Foundation in April 2020, where she will play a key leadership role in the Foundation’s growth and operations, developing and managing the portfolio, assisting with the annual strategic planning and budgeting processes, overseeing development of Foundation marketing and communication, and managing the annual Nurse Research Award program. She brings more than 20 years’ experience in program development, fundraising, and marketing, having provided strategic leadership to a variety of non-profits and businesses, including Alliance for Excellent Education, Internet Society, Salzburg Global Seminar, AAUW’s Leadership and Training Institute, Center for Studying Health System Change, Institute for International Cooperation and Development, Washington Ethical Society, and Washington Revels (a performing arts community).

Karen earned her BA from American University in International Relations and Economics, and did graduate coursework and field study at Clark University, with a focus on International Development and Social Change. Her overseas experience includes work in Jamaica, Mozambique, and Kenya, where she developed and led community education campaigns, capacity-building initiatives, and USAID-funded participatory research. She is attuned to the needs of diverse populations and the strategies for involving stakeholders and building strong coalitions. A strong advocate for leadership development and institutional partnerships, Karen has advised various boards of directors; she currently serves as chair of the Development Committee on the board of Washington Revels.

Karen has been soliciting donations since she was old enough to trick-or-treat for UNICEF as a toddler. Ever since, she has been raising funds for the programs she’s directed, as well as evaluating the mission relevance of potential funding sources. Through experience focused on community development and capacity building, Karen has cultivated three attributes she believes are especially valuable: broad community development experience, strategic management skills, and a track record of successful fundraising.

Allison Nordberg

Program Director

Allison Nordberg has over 10 years of project and program management experience. She joined the Foundation in March 2015 and in her current role she oversees the Foundation’s portfolio related to leadership.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Allison spent seven years at the United Nations Foundation in various roles, most recently as the Senior Associate for Global Health focused primarily on polio eradication. Allison is a graduate of the University of Richmond.

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