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Nancy Bussani Selected as Chief Philanthropy Officer

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Nancy Bussani has been selected to serve as CommonSpirit Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, as well as the President of the CommonSpirit Health Foundation.


Nancy Bussani has been selected to serve as CommonSpirit Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer, as well as the President of the CommonSpirit Health Foundation, effective June 26, 2023.

Nancy is joining the CommonSpirit senior leadership team after serving as the ministry’s System Vice President and later the System Senior Vice President of Philanthropy Strategy and Governance starting in 2019. In this role, she led the strategy, governance, and professional development initiatives for CommonSpirit’s national philanthropy function, which guides the work of more than 80 local foundations across the country. She also established the CommonSpirit foundation’s strategic plan, managed all national fundraising staff, and provided strategic and operational oversight of the organization’s national Philanthropy Education Summit.

Nancy returned to CommonSpirit in 2019 after serving briefly as the System Vice President of Philanthropy for Renown Health. Prior to Renown, Nancy was with Dignity Health for six years as System Vice President of Philanthropy and Foundation Board Director for Dignity Health. She also served as the Vice President of University Advancement and Chief Executive Officer for the Tower Foundation while at San Jose State University for more than a decade. She has been a guest lecturer at both San Jose State University’s College of Business and the University of Nevada Reno’s College of Business. Nancy has represented CommonSpirit Health as a board director on the 49ers Foundation and serves on the Governance Committee of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. She served on the Advisory Committee of Awaken Reno, a nonprofit focused on ending human trafficking and also as a board director and officer of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation. 

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Publish date: 

Monday, June 26, 2023

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