Nancy Pollard is the Executive Director of Friends of the Children–Austin, Friends of the Children’s first Texas chapter, of which she was a co-founder. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English Literature and a concentration in Women's Studies; she then earned a J.D., cum laude, from Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law. Nancy practiced as a Trusts and Estates attorney in Dallas at Bisignano and Harrison LLP and in Austin at Andrews Kurth. She was most successful in business development and focused heavily on nonprofit creation and compliance. During this time, she volunteered extensively with the Junior League of Dallas, served on the board of Hope International, and founded and directed August Dog, a nonprofit dog rescue group. When her three children were born, she followed her passion for the nonprofit sector and became an active community volunteer. She now has more than ten years of experience volunteering in, building, and leading local and national nonprofit organizations. Nancy has experience serving on a variety of nonprofit boards and currently serves as an advocate with CASA of Travis County and on the boards of Austin Pets Alive!, The Marcella Project and Austin PBS.