Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
Why I Support the Community Foundation
Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has been dedicated to ridding the world of breast cancer for nearly 40 years. Ms. Brinker served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and as U.S. Chief of Protocol from 2007-2009. In 2008, President Bush appointed her to The Kennedy Center Board of Trustees, and she was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” In 2009, President Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and she was also named the Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control for the United Nations’ World Health Organization. In 2010, Ms. Brinker released her memoir, “Promise Me,” which became a New York Times best-seller. She is a Global Advisor to HOLOGIC, Inc.; a medical technology company primarily focused on women’s health.
Ms. Brinker has a bachelor’s from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- Ms. Brinker is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations
- Accolades for her work include the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service, the Champions of Excellence Award from the Centers for Disease Control, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Porter Prize, the Forbes Trailblazer Award, Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century, the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award, and Biography Magazine’s 25 Most Powerful Women in America
- Ms. Brinker is a member of the Harvey Milk Foundation’s leadership