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Nancy Goodman Brinker

ambassador , foundation administrator

Nancy Goodman Brinker, American foundation administrator, former ambassador.


Brinker, Nancy Goodman was born on December 6, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois, United States.


Bachelor in Sociology, University Illinois, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Southern Methodist University.


Founder Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, since 1982, Race for the Cure fitness/walk fundraising event, since 1983. Founder, chair, Chief Executive Officer In Your Corner, Inc., 1994—1998. United States ambassador to Hungary United States Department State, Budapest, 2001—2003, chief of protocol Washington, 2007—2009.

Speaker in field; advocate for women's health issues in Congress. Collaborating partner, National Dialogue on Cancer. Board directors LHC Group, Inc., since 2006.


  • Winning the Race: My Personal Story and Every Womans Guide to Wellness


    The moving story of Nancy Brinker and her journey to...)

  • Co-author: (with Catherine McEvily Harris) The Race Is Run One Step at a Time: Every Woman's Guide to Taking Charge of Breast Cancer and My Personal Struggle, 1995, (with Chriss Anne Winstone) Winning the Race: Taking Charge of Breast Cancer, 2001, (with Joni Rodgers) Promise Me: How A Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, 2010. Articles published in national and international media.


Board directors Physicians Reliance Network, Harvard School Public Health, New York University Medical School Foundation, National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project, Susan Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Manpower, Inc., since 2004, United States Oncology, Inc., Netmarket, Inc., Meditrust Corporation. Member National Cancer Advisory Board. Board governors National Jewish Coalition.

Member advisory board Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, Women's Health Initiative, National Coalition of Cancer Suvivorship, National Cancer Institute.


Daughter of Marvin L. & Eleanor (Newman) Goodman. Married Robert Leitstein (divorced 1978). 1 child, Eric Blake; Married Norman E. Brinker, February 14, 1981 (divorced 2001).

Marvin L. Brinker

Robert Leitstein

Norman E. Brinker

Eric Blake Brinker