VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & OPERATIONS
What inspires me: the goodness in humanity and the everyday heroes who are holding our communities together.
I do what I do because: I believe that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life.
I think the world would be better if: we focused more on our similarities than our differences.
In her role as the VP, Operations and Finance, Nou serves as a member of the executive team, leading business operations and finance function for the firm. Specifically, Nou leads the development and implementation of financial and operational strategies to achieve our goals, build and/or evolve the infrastructure (e.g., people/partners, processes, systems, policies) required to ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the organization, and manage the day-to-day tactical execution of our business operations and finance function. Nou is responsible for analyzing and helping the firm thoughtfully evolve our current infrastructure to best support the increasing volume of relationships and fund distributions, while keeping the people who are most impacted (e.g., our team, our clients, our clients’ stakeholders) at the center.
Nou Vang has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience with mission-driven organizations and membership and trade associations. She has managed operations for small and large nonprofit organizations with the largest being a national membership association with a $20M budget. An experienced project manager, Nou has led a variety of organization development projects including engaging a group of stakeholders to formulate a national membership model that enhances member experience while ensuring long-term financial viability, overseeing a $1.8million office construction project, and implementing organization-wide technology solutions. Nou is knowledgeable about strategic and operational aspects of management including efficiency and productivity, change management, and team development. She is passionate about helping organizations focus their energy on their purpose and objectives; creating and sustaining commitment to their visions; and reconciling differences and managing conflict.
Nou previously served as the SVP of Operations at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity, where she helped grow the annual budget to $16M and over 20 staff. She was instrumental in launching the organization’s Grants Management line of service that awarded over $40M in grants to small businesses impacted by Covid-19. She played key roles in launching two new departments: Department of Data and Analytics and Innovation Hub. Lastly she ensure that staff had the resources they needed to be successful through process automation and use of new technologies such as Slack, Monday.com and Calendly to name a few.
Nou is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a BA in Political Science and Masters of Public Administration.