Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Nancy Plaskett oversees Slover Linett’s team of researchers and directs complex, multi-method research and evaluation projects across our practice-areas. She is passionate about arts and culture nonprofits and a longtime advocate of community-engaged, responsive practice. Since joining the firm in 2017, Nancy has led audience and community studies for the Metropolitan Opera, Kennedy Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Museum of Science Boston, Naples Botanic Garden, and the Irvine Foundation and its multidisciplinary cohort of arts grantees.
Nancy’s ability to step into the shoes of organizational leaders and understand their goals and challenges stems in part from her experience “on the inside,” including eight years on the leadership team at Chicago Children’s Museum, where as vice president of partnerships & audience development she helped make the institution more welcoming to all kinds of visitors and developed several multicultural initiatives. She co-led a National Science Foundation-funded collaboration focused on engaging the female Latinx community in STEM learning, and has spoken on inclusion, accessibility, anti-bias education, nature-based play, and other topics at the American Alliance of Museums, Association of Children’s Museums, American Evaluation Association, and YMCA, among other conferences. Nancy has also held positions at Chicago Cares, Working in the Schools, and the evaluation firm PIE Org. She began her career as an urban educator in the Chicago Public Schools and Arlington, Virginia. Nancy earned her bachelor’s degree in education at The George Washington University and pursued further training in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. An avid reader, book-clubber, arts-goer, and foodie, Nancy also volunteers with several Chicago-area nonprofits focused on literacy, community development, and Alzheimer’s prevention.