Feb 2, 2010

Alumna named CEO of Concerned Women

by Kelly Marvel

Liberty alumna Penny Young Nance is living her call in the world of politics with Concerned Women for America (CWA). Nance was appointed as the CEO for the organization, which is comprised of about 500,000 women, on Jan. 14.

“It’s a political organization that’s bringing women together to fight for the conservative cause, bringing their biblical faith and values and their conservative political beliefs together to do something,” junior Amanda Haas said.

Nance graduated from Liberty in 1988 with a degree in journalism/public relations. She joined CWA while attending Liberty and later became the Legislative Director and also served on the board.

After leaving Liberty, Nance devoted her life to promoting the pro-family movement in Washington, D.C. She founded the Kids First Coalition, which was created to inform politicians, the media and the public on issues concerning children in America. She also lobbied for Chuck Colson and for other pro-family groups.

Nance served as policy advisor to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). While with the FCC, Nance worked to protect children, by fighting indecency in the media and childhood obesity.

As CEO, Nance works together with Beverly LaHaye, founder and chairman of CWA.

“Together we are casting the vision for CWA going forward in the next decade,” Nance said.

Nance will be leading the staff in deciding on what issues CWA will focus its attention.

“CWA is poised to become even more successful than ever before,” Nance said. “The voice of reasonable conservative women is desperately needed in politics and U.S. policy today, and we are filling that void in the most relevant manner.”
Nance is excited about leading CWA in this capacity and other CWA leaders are optimistic about the effects she will have on Virginia CWA. CWA Virginia Director Janet Robey said that Nance’s experience in Washington, D.C., will help lead CWA into the next decade.

“Penny comes on board with experience and contacts in the Washington area,” Robey said. “She is committed to propelling CWA into the next decade to be a greater influence in our society. With both Wendy Wright as president, and Penny Nance as CEO, our organization will continue to be in the forefront of the cultural battle.”.

Nance hopes that through her success, students at Liberty will be able to fuel their passion and change the world for Christ.

“What ever you do, always strive for excellence,” Nance said. “Do it better and more accurately than anyone else.”

Nance stressed the importance for student involvement.
“There is so much important work to do,” Nance said. “Come join the battle. We need you in every area of government, journalism, media, entertainment, technology and medicine. You are the future of the country. Be prepared to lead.”

For more information on Nance and the CWA, visit cfwa.org.

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