Nancy Ploeger is the President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Enhancing New York City’s economic growth and advocacy for small businesses has been Nancy’s goal for the past 18 years. Since joining the Chamber in 1994 as the Executive Director, Nancy has represented the business community on a wide range of critical issues, most notably those involving health insurance for SMEs, MWBE certification, government procurement, small businesses globalization, diversity and business resources for services sectors, among other issues.
Nancy has developed MCC’s membership from 250+ to over 10,000 members and subscribers, launched a variety of economic development initiatives and committees and established the Chamber’s relationships with officials at all levels of government. This powerful network contributes and supports to build the Chamber into a small business advocacy force with expanded influence across the globe. Along with the other 4 Boro Chambers, the small business community now has a voice and is being heard at city, state and federal levels. For the past few years, the Chamber has become a catalyst that has created and strengthened a global SME network including India, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, China, Korea and Turkey etc. to build up SMEs’ global expansion capacity and bring about sustained competitive growth. In order to develop MCC’s international presence, Nancy created the MCC Chamber of Commerce Foundation.. With these vehicles, Nancy works closely with both NYS Economic Development Department and NYC Economic Development Department’s International Division, trade commissioners and other global organizations to generate global businesses for MCC’s members and attract investments into New York.
Nancy is also one of the Founders of the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), partnering with Ambassador Ruth Davis formerly with the U.S. Department of State, Chairman of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Federation of Chambers of Commerce. The objective of this joint effort is to promote the growth of women entrepreneurial businesses through global outreach. For 5 years the IWEC Conference has grown and most recently was held in NYC brining together women business owners from around the world including Central Asia, Peru and several African countries as well.
The IWEC Foundation has just been established with headquarters in NYC under the watchful eye of MCC. MCC’s community development arm is the MCC Community Benefit Fund (“CBF”). Nancy serves as the President of CBF which has provided over three million+ in grants to NYC nonprofit organizations. Each year additional fund is raised to expand the community development efforts. CBF’s mission is to support community-based non-profits that contribute toward improving the quality of life in Manhattan.
The Second and Third Avenue Street Fairs are managed through the MCC CBF and proceeds from these fairs are disbursed in grants to non-profits in Community Board 8. The MCC CBF also supports a local high school and continues to develop innovative projects, such as the Volunteer Expo, which will benefit the community at large. She was a founding member of NYC Volunteer Expos in 2005, and continues to promote volunteerism in NYC.
Nancy was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Committee of the MWBE Advisory Board in 2006. She also serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including U.S. Chamber of Commerce (BCLC), September Concert, New York District Export Council, Parent Jobnet, Health Advocates, New York City Department of Small Business Services and the Small Business Task Force of the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. Her past board seats include New York Women’s Agenda and The Doe Fund. She served as the Chairperson of Chamber Alliance of New York State in 2007 and continues to serve on the Steering Committee of NYDEC World Trade Week Committee. Prior to joining MCC, Nancy was the Vice President for TSI, New York, NY where she lead the efforts to build one of NYC’s premiere health and fitness corporations, she was responsible for overseeing 28 health clubs with over 1,000 employees in New York, Washington, Boston and Switzerland.
Nancy lives in New York City. She is a native of St. Louis, MO and a graduate of Monmouth College ’71.