Leadership

Sr. Nancy Downing, CND
Executive Director

Sr. Nancy Downing’s dedication to improving the lives of homeless young people is unwavering and shines through in everything she says and does at Covenant House New York. She came to Covenant House in 2007 to serve as the Senior Staff Attorney. Shortly after, Sr. Nancy became the Director of the Advocacy/Legal Department in 2008 and then General Counsel in 2015. In December of 2016, Sr. Nancy accepted the position of Executive Director, and has been serving the youth and staff with an open door -- and open heart -- policy ever since.

No matter what she is called to do at Covenant House, her commitment and compassion remain the same -- not to mention her sense of humor!

Sr. Nancy has over 25 years of experience in management and as an attorney tackling issues of homelessness, poverty, fair housing, and civil rights. Prior to coming to Covenant House, Sr. Nancy was the Executive Director of MCIF Center, serving immigrant women in Brooklyn, NY. Sr. Nancy also served as Staff Attorney at New York Legal Assistance Group, representing clients with chronic and serious illnesses, Legal Services Coordinator for STEPS To End Family Violence and as Executive Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center.    

Earlier in her career, Sr. Nancy worked for a major insurance company overseeing complex litigation involving civil and constitutional rights violations, serious personal injury, and other critical matters. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Maine, and her law degree from Western New England College. She is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. She is a religious sister in the Congregation of Notre Dame.