After graduating from North Carolina State University, Nan was an Account Executive for Kidder Peabody & Co., San Francisco and Assistant Vice President of Asset Management Marketing in New York. In 1989, she was an Institutional Consultant for the Manager's Funds, Norwalk, CT; and in 1992, became Managing Director of Institutional Marketing and Client Service for Trainer, Wortham & Co., New York City. In 1997, she joined Seneca Capital Management, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, as Managing Director of Institutional Business Development.
Client relationships included international and domestic Taft-Hartley plans; corporate/public pensions, endowment/foundations, and institutional consultants. Direct product exposure involves various alternative investment strategies; real estate, equity and fixed income products, and municipal bonds.
In 2002, Nan co-founded Virginia Ventures, LLC, with her husband and Partner, Leighton Strader. They serve as Business Advisors and OCOO’s to Institutional asset management platforms, Multi-Family and Single Family Offices, and Consultants. Virginia Ventures is headquartered in Williamsburg, VA.
Nan’s speaking engagements include topics covering Marketing/Sales and establishing marketing platforms; fiduciary responsibility and managing the RFP process. She served as an active board member for non-profit organizations in the Tri State area including the Angel Guardians for Elderly and was actively involved in the Ronald McDonald House, Palo Alto, CA; served two terms on the NC State University Foundation Board and chaired the Nominations Committee for that Board. She also served two terms as a Board member of Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center and two years on the Advisory Board.
In 2022, Nan joined Anchor Financial Group as a Financial Services Professional whose office is located in Williamsburg, VA.
She is currently Chair of the NC State Investment Fund Board ($2BN in AUM) and serves on the Private Equity sub-committee and Nominations Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of The Williamsburg Winery.