I believe Education = Opportunity
I am passionate about working with great people to expand education access
Dyad Mentorship Founder & CEO
Mentorship for the Motivated
Shanghai & Seattle
At Dyad we believe in the transformative power of mentorship. Since 2012, we've connected students with mentors for life-changing admissions and career advice. Our team of 200+ mentors have helped students earn scholarships worth over $27M ($27,157,029 and counting)!
We've raised $1M in Venture Capital from investors like 500 Startups and SOSV and work with an Advisory Board that includes the former CEO of McDonalds and retired Secretary of the U.S. Air Force.
Moneythink Co-Founder & Chairman
Less Debt, More Degrees
Recognized by President Obama as a "Champion of Change", Moneythink brings transparency to college costs so that all students are equipped to invest in their futures.
Since 2008 we've raised more than $6M from generous grassroots donors and organizations like Google, JP Morgan, and Goldman Sachs to equip over 32,000 students with financial life skills. Nearly 90% of the students we've coached have enrolled in college with a sustainable financial plan. Watch this video to learn more.
Our new tool, DecidED, will help us scale our impact to students nationwide. You can read about our groundbreaking partnership with IDEO.
Advancing Scholarship Opportunities
Paying it forward
• The Harry S Truman Scholarship is the Presidential Memorial to Public Service. I was Washington State's 2010 recipient and I've served on the Board of Directors of the Truman Scholars Association since 2016.
• The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established by Bill & Melinda Gates as a global network of emerging leaders dedicated to tackling worldwide challenges. I was a 2011 recipient and I joined the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association Board in 2019.
• Rhodes Scholarships were first awarded to Chinese students in 2015. I was honored to serve on the Pre-Selection Committee in 2015 and 2016.
• MakerGirl has inspired over 4,000 girls ages 7-10 to get active in STEM through 3D printing workshops. Since 2018 I've served on the Advisory Board and am excited to support future leaders in science and technology!
U.S. Alliance Strategist
Shaping American Foreign Policy
I believe American leadership is vital to preserving peace and prosperity in the 21st century. As a Harry S Truman Scholar at the University of Chicago, I authored the first white paper to use a geopolitical defensive realist framework to explain the East Asian naval arms race and how the U.S. must enlist democratic maritime allies to ensure regional stability.
Since 2014 I have served as an Advisory Board Member to the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), a leading international security affairs research institute funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.
My writing has been featured in the Seattle Times and I've shared insights on Sino-American relations with London's NBC News and Beijing's China Global Television Network (watch here). The Diplomatic Courier recognized my work by naming me one of the "Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33" in 2013.
I'm Running Across America to explore our addiction epidemic and promote youth mental health
3,000 miles to celebrate 3,000 days sober.
On March 16th 2020, I celebrated 3,000 days sober. To commemorate the milestone, I’m aiming to run 3,000 miles between NYC and Seattle to explore America’s addiction epidemic and boost youth mental health.
For years I was in denial about my struggles with alcohol and painkillers. Fearing the stigma, I felt isolated and alone. But as I've slowly opened up, I’ve realized that my struggles are far more common than I imagined.
40 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — suffer from substance or alcohol addiction. As I run across America, I want to hear and share some of their stories.
I’m partnering with Director Sarah Schutzki and the International Documentary Association to create 1 IN 7, a film that chronicles the journey. We aim to spark a national dialog on how we, as families and a society, can best support addicts and boost mental health across America.
You can learn more about my mission in this University of Cambridge article previewing the run.
A listing of overly kind things folks have said about my work and leadership.
"I can attest that Greg ranks among the best. He is an extremely bright, thoughtful and magnetic person with an admirable track record of mobilizing people and resources for worthwhile causes, with a demonstrated commitment to education and public service."
- John Morrison, former President, Association of American Rhodes Scholars
"I was impressed by Greg's range of interests and quality of insight. I predict Greg will be a future star of some kind. I recommend him!”
- Ben Casnocha, #1 NY Times Best Selling Author
"Greg uses his insights into international relations to predict, with great clarity, geopolitical events and their economic ramifications."
- Matthew Harsch, Merrill Lynch
"I am continuously impressed by Greg's focus, determination and goal orientation. He maintains equanimity under stress and is adept at building what he envisions."
- Lonnie Stonitsch, Director of Family Action Network
"Greg is a humble leader who can inspire the young and old, investors, employees, customers and colleagues with his vision and ethical approach to business and big-picture thinking on difficult public policy challenges."
- Tidal McCoy, former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force
Did I mention I'm a huge Seahawks fan?
Seattle Seahawks 12 Ambassador
Cheering with the World's Best Fans
My running career peaked in 2016 when Delta Air Lines named me "12 Ambassador" to the Seattle Seahawks and featured my ultra running in TV commercials.
The Seahawks shared a fun recap after I ran 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents:
"Nance was born into a Seahawks family as his dad was a beer vendor at the King Dome during the 1983 and ’84 seasons. His fandom started at a young age, wearing his number 12 Seahawks jersey to peewee football practice, continuing to represent his favorite NFL team over the years wearing a Seahawks cap while running some of the toughest footraces in the world."
Fellow 12? Reach out because I'd love to hear your story! I love connecting with 12s, talking Hawks together, and cheering with the world's best fans!