Who We Are
Sleeping Lion’s Principal, Nancy Wasserman, has more than 30 years of leadership in social innovation. Her expertise spans community finance, social enterprise and cooperative development, building local agricultural economies, developing effective government programs and energy efficiency policy. Nancy has provided strategic and financial consulting services to entrepreneurs, cooperators and policymakers since 1999.
Nancy relocated to Ottawa, Canada from the US state of Vermont in 2012. Her knowledge of the regulations and policy approaches faced by social enterprises and innovators in both jurisdictions allows her to provide unique insight to clients in both the US and Canada.
A member of the CoopZone Developer Network, Nancy has a Masters in Community Economic Development from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University)and a Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College.
Nancy has previously served as the Deputy Policy Director of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the operator of Efficiency Vermont, and was the founding Executive Director of the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF), a non-profit community development institution that provides flexible financing for affordable housing, community facilities and small businesses.
For the past few months, Nancy worked part-time with the Social Finance Unit of the Community Development and Homelessness Prevention Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Her primary focus was on understanding the legal and regulatory environment faced by Canadian social enterprises.
Nancy serves on the Board of the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative and VCLF’s Housing and Community Facilities Loan Review Committee. She also volunteers with the Shepherds of Good Hope and the Friends of the Central Experimental Farm. In Vermont, Nancy served on numerous local, municipal, state, regional and national boards concerned with sustainable community development, finance, housing and planning, including: National Community Capital, Green Mountain Transit, the Montpelier City Council and the Montpelier Planning Commission, which she chaired for five years.
We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with others.
In Ottawa, we have worked with:
- Centre for Social Enterprise Development – CSED
- Community Forward Fund
- Jonathan Wade of Social Delta, a consultant on social enterprise, small business development, social marketing, social procurement, and social finance
- Social enterprise consultant Brenda Richardson
Our Vermont-based partners include:
- Catalyst Financial Group Inc. – a leader in providing innovative financing solutions for the renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental sectors.
- Stephanie Lahar of Stephanie Lahar and Associates, who excels at organizational development;
- Andy Robinson, a skilled strategic planning, fundraising and board development consultant and Nancy’s co-author “The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances.”
- The Regulatory Assistance Project – a global, non-profit team of experts focused on the long-term economic and environmental sustainability of the power and natural gas sectors, providing assistance to government officials on a broad range of energy and environmental issues.