Nancy J. H. Gansneder

Contact Information
O: (434) 982-4770 C: (434) 242-0017
Location/delivery address: 

2400 Old Ivy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4827

Mailing Address: 

2400 Old Ivy Road
PO Box 400206
Charlottesville VA 22904-4206

NANCY GANSNEDER is the inaugural director of the Cooper Center's newest entity, Academy for Civic Renewal. In this capacity Nancy designs and implements civic leadership programs to promote civic engagement in Virginia's communities. Prior this appointment, she directed the University Internship Programs, one of the nation’s oldest, continuous academic internship programs, placing more than 300 undergraduates in community placements each year.

Dr. Gansneder is a master trainer, facilitator and moderator of public meetings. She has worked with a variety of organizations to design and conduct visioning, strategic planning, and community forums. Nancy has convened, hosted and addressed conferences and workshops ranging from a 15 to 1000 participants.

A community activist, Dr. Gansneder has served on numerous boards and commissions. Most recently, she has been member of the Board of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, served as Secretary of National Society for Experiential Education and elected to the General Faculty Council at the University of Virginia. Nancy is an alumna of the 2007 Class of Lead Virginia.

Nancy holds a masters and a doctorate from the University of Virginia. She earned a bachelors degree from The Ohio State University.


Ed. D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
M. Ed., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
B.S., Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


Experiential education
Civic engagement and leadership
Deliberative democracy
Internships and service-learning
Facilitation and group process
Certified LIFO trainer
Certified LeadershipPlenty trainer
National Issues Forum trainer
Study Circles facilitator

Major Projects: 

Arts, Culture and Humanities Collaborative
New Civic Leaders Program
Voices Choices Community Forums
University Internship Program
Civic Engagement Initiative (NSEE)


Director, Academy for Civic Renewal
Project Director: Art, Culture and Humanities Collaborative
Director, University Internship Program
Member, General Faculty Council, UVA
Member, Operations Committee, Virginia Institute of Government
Director, NSEE Civic Engagement Initiative
Associate, Kettering Foundation
Member, Board of Directors, Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership
Chair, Virginia Association of Community Services Boards
Chair, Region Ten Community Services Board
Chair, Jefferson Area Community Corrections Resource Board