Founder & CEO

Nancy E. Sheppard

Nancy Sheppard, founder& CEO, Women2Boards, 2016

Professional Experience

Nancy has management and governance experience in banking associations, financial services industry, and legislative, regulatory  & political environments. Following 20+ years as President & CEO of Western Independent Bankers (WIB), a trade association serving independent banks and firms serving the financial services industry in Western U.S., she felt it was time to use her many connections for a new cause – bringing qualified women to corporate boards that need new talent.

Prior to WIB, she held two senior management positions at the California Bankers Association with overall responsibility for federal government relations, public and media affairs, and educational programs.  She moved to the Bay Area after spending six years on Capitol Hill for three separate Members of Congress as a legislative aide.

Governance & Board Experience

During her tenure at WIB, she promoted director education as one of the main services of the organization.  She was the main staff advisor on design of the program content, and involved in the leadership of bringing products such as board and director evaluations and online board portal services to improve governance and efficiencies for boards.

She was an inside director and on the executive committee of the WIB Board (1989-2013), a founding member of the board and corporate secretary of Western Independent Bankers Service Corporation (1994 to 2013),  and a founding director and corporate secretary of WIB Self-Insurance Group (2005 to 2013).

She was a member of the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment San Francisco Regional Board, from 2009-2014,  serving as Regional Chair from 2010-13.  She has been Chair of the Financial Institution Marketing Association West, and board members of the California Intermediate Banking School and the YMCA of San Francisco.

She was the Chair of the Host Committee and Mistress of Ceremonies for the first 2020 Women on Boards National Discussion on Board Diversity held in San Francisco on November 19, 2015.  She is currently engaged in the planning for the 2016 National Discussion which will be held on November 17, 2016.


She was chosen as one of  the 100 Most Influential San Francisco Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times in 2011, as Volunteer of the Year for the YMCA of San Francisco in 2005, and received The Award of Excellence from the Northern California Society of Association Executives in 2004.


Nancy is often engaged as a speaker on topics related to gender diversity in the boardroom.

Contact her at or (415) 891-3132.