Nancy B. Brannaman has focused her 35-year career in the public and private sectors on financial and operations management. Nancy attributes her strong values in mentoring and ensuring the success of colleagues and subordinates from her years at Iowa State University. Nancy earned a BS degree in Agricultural Business and Farm Operation, and a MS in Agricultural Economics and Finance while working for ISU Extension Farm Management.
Nancy was a pioneer in women in agriculture at Iowa State University. She and friend founded the Women in Agriculture Club in the 1980’s. She was the third woman to take the Ag 450 Farm management course, and she was the first woman Area Extension Management Specialist, serving 12 counties in East Central Iowa. Nancy was a 4-H member growing up in Illinois, and was a 4-H leader for her daughter’s club in Mt. Vernon, IA. Nancy and her husband worked in agricultural development for three years in Ukraine and Russia in the early 1990’s following the break-up of the Soviet Union. In addition, Nancy worked for Amana Appliances and Parson’s Technology in financial management and marketing.
Nancy joined the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service in 2000 and worked in every facet of embassy management – operations and logistics, contracting, financial management, human resources, and as management section chief. Further, she worked in finance and financial systems development in Washington, DC. For Nancy’s final tour, she was the first Management Officer in the newest embassy in the world – Embassy Juba, South Sudan. While transitioning management services from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Embassy Khartoum (in Sudan), she hired and trained new South Sudanese employees to provide services in financial management, budgeting, cashiering, human resources, travel services, time and attendance, contracting and procurement, and inventory. Nancy set up all management computer systems in Embassy Juba, including personnel, budgeting and accounting, travel, and supply chain management.
Nancy continues to work part-time for the U.S. Department of State. In addition, Nancy is a sixth-generation farm owner, and manages her family’s farm in Illinois. She manages her own financial investments, and pursues hobbies of watercolor painting, family history, and felting wool. Nancy joined the IWIA Board in 2019.