Nancy Stratford, immediate past chair of the YAA Board of Governors, earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Yale in 1977 and an MBA from the Wharton School in 1982. She is a co-founder of YaleWomen, the shared interest group for women at Yale; a founder and chapter head of YaleWomen NYC; a past chair of the Yale Alumni Fund; a past member of the Yale Tomorrow Campaign Committee; a past member of the Yale Development Council, and an ongoing member of the 1977 Class Council. She also continues as Chair of Agents for her class. She has received the YAF Chairman's Award and the Yale Medal. She is also a Yale parent.
With others, Stratford led a pilot mentoring program for alumni and students sponsored by the YAA, CLY (Careers, Life & Yale), and STAY (Students and Alumni at Yale.) This was the predecessor of the YAA’s community building platform Cross Campus which facilitates networking and mentoring among alumni and students. She has served on the women's committee of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club in New York for over 20 years. She is the former Chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee for the CDA.
Professionally, Stratford was a Senior Vice-President at Paine Webber for many years, where she advised large institutions, hedge funds, mutual funds and domestic and international government entities on investments. She was also a private banker at J.P. Morgan. She now manages private investment portfolios.