Nancy Ploeger is a Co-Founder of IWEC, a 501(c)(3) international women’s business organization, and until Feb. 2016, she was the President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC), serving for 21 years. During her tenure at the MCC, Ms. Ploeger led advocacy efforts for Small and Medium Business Enterprises (SMEs) on issues ranging from health insurance, Minority- and Woman-owned certification, doing business with the public sector and international business expansion for small businesses. She led the Chamber to develop robust economic development initiatives that enabled it, and its members, to create a network of reciprocal collaboration, trade, empowerment and partnerships with organizations, associations and businesses in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Her legacy transformed the Chamber from a local advocate for small business to a bridge to global trade and economic expansion.
Among her accolades are being appointed by Major Bloomberg to serve on New York City’s Minority Women’s Business Enterprise’s (MWBE) Advisory Board, appointment to a board seat on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Washington DC, appointment to serve on the New York District Export Council, serving as Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce Alliance of New York State.
She is currently sitting on the Steering Committee of the New York District Export Council’s World Trade Week and is also is on the Advisory Committee for Health Advocates for Older People in Manhattan. Nancy was heavily involved in the community outreach during the construction of the historic 2nd Avenue Subway-a ten-year-process-in coordination with the business community, the MTA and the myriad number of New York City Departments involved in the building of the subway.
She has won numerous awards over the years for her dedication and achievements on behalf of both the business community and public service.