ANCOR Connect 2024: The Power of We
Mariana Nork joined ANCOR in 2023 as its Chief Corporate Engagement Officer after providing consulting services for several years to ANCOR and the ANCOR Foundation. In her work as a consultant, Mariana supported both the ANCOR Foundation’s Included. Supported. Empowered. public awareness campaign and, more recently, ANCOR’s National Partners program. Her work with the latter resulted in a refined National Partners program designed to benefit ANCOR members and align with ANCOR’s strategic priorities.
In her role at ANCOR, Mariana manages and continues to strengthen the ANCOR National Partners program, while also developing partnerships through the association’s Annual Conference, such as through ANCOR’s exhibitor program. She also takes a strategic lens to ANCOR’s overall fundraising needs to identify potential private sector partners to grow and fund current and future ANCOR initiatives, focusing on companies that share ANCOR’s strategic vision and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility priorities.
Mariana has held leadership positions at various nonprofit organizations as well as at two internationally acclaimed Washington, DC, museums, with her work focusing on strategic planning, marketing and communications, and fundraising and financial stability actions. Her roles in the area of disability rights have included serving as Senior Vice President of the largest cross disability membership organization in the country and more recently providing consulting services to a number of national and global disability rights organizations.
For the past 10 years as a consultant, Mariana has worked with dozens of nonprofit organizations, raising tens of millions of dollars for clients through fundraising and major events. For one client, a major event in Manhattan drew 900+ attendees and raised almost $3 million. Her firm’s work has also focused on major campaigns, environmental scans and stakeholder studies, growth and hiring strategies, and board and committee assessments and management. She enjoys guiding major corporations in how to wrap disability and accommodations strategies into their work for greater social impact.
Mariana received her B.A. degree from Connecticut College in a program that, combined with a prestigious internship, propelled her initial career in arts management before her move to focused work in the disability space.
When she’s not supporting ANCOR’s strategic priorities, Mariana carves out time to sit on boards of organizations whose missions align with her life priorities. She has also volunteered as an equine therapist, using horses for therapeutic riding.
Mariana and her husband live outside the DC suburbs on the water in Maryland, where she enjoys time on her awesome horse, Belle Époque. Two rambunctious dogs round out Mariana’s family.