Nancy E. Easton
In 2005, Nancy co-founded Wellness in the Schools (WITS) with the goal of inspiring healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in New York City’s public schools. As Executive Director, she has helped WITS grow from three schools to 25, serving nearly 20,000 students. In 2011, the acclaimed chef-food activist Jamie Oliver named Nancy a Food Revolution Hero, and Ann Cooper, the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” recognized her as a Lunchbox Hero for her dedication to school lunch reform.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Master's Degree from Bank Street College of Education, and her Administration and Supervision certification from City College and Fordham University. Nancy worked for the New York City Department of Education for over 15 years, serving as a teacher, a teacher mentor and, ultimately, a School Leader. She was a partner of The Learning Project (TLP), a non-profit organization that designs and manages schools, where she founded and directed TLP One Middle School. Nancy is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
As lifelong athlete with several marathons and triathlons under her belt, including an Ironman distance triathlon, Nancy views fitness as a personal and professional passion. In 2003, she became a founding board member of Girls on the Run Manhattan (GOTRM), a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to change the way girls see themselves and their opportunities. Nancy also serves on the board of Friends of Princeton Track and the Samara Fund. She has leant her expertise to numerous high-profile panel events, including the Teach for America’s 20th Anniversary and the American Museum of Natural History's 21st Annual Environmental Lecture + Luncheon. In fall 2011 she was chosen as a judge for the Perkins + Will Healthy School Design Contest and continues to be a sought after speaker and media resource.
Seeing the powerful impact WITS has had on public school children and their families is incredibly rewarding for Nancy, but nothing makes her more proud than raising her own kids to be aware, caring, responsible and healthy individuals. Nancy, her husband and their three children live in New York City.