Tim Delaney

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Tim Delaney

Tim Delaney is President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits that connects the nation’s largest network of nonprofits. He’s an accomplished attorney and policy advocate who has successfully argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, testified before Congress, and negotiated in the White House. Tim now applies his diverse leadership experiences as partner at a large law firm, state Solicitor General and later Chief Deputy Attorney General, and founding president of the nonprofit Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service to help charitable nonprofits across the country identify emerging trends, engage in critical policy issues, exchange proven practices, and advance their missions through advocacy.

Since graduating from Yale and earning joint degrees in law and public affairs from the University of Texas, Tim has helped nonprofits from a variety of vantage points. He’s served as an adjunct faculty member teaching graduate courses on “Leadership and Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector,” author of a guidebook on nonprofit advocacy, board chair of Valley Leadership, co-founder and later board chair of Valley Citizens League, member of the Leadership Council of Nonprofit VOTE, Steering Committee member for the international Affinity Group of National Associations, and national Training Fellow for the nonprofit Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest.

In the field of ethics and public trust, Tim has served as a prosecutor (helping to impeach a Governor and later remove four other elected officials from office), legislative drafter and advocate (developing Arizona’s Public Service Ethics Act and a comprehensive rewrite of Arizona’s Open Meeting Law), and consultant and trainer for businesses, governments, and nonprofits.

A sought-after speaker, Tim has made more than 250 keynote and other presentations for a diverse range of groups, domestic and international. Additionally, he’s been interviewed by ABC News, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, NPR, The New York Times, Nonprofit Quarterly, NonProfit Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, and many other news outlets. He also writes extensively, publishing articles and reports about advocacy, current events, nonprofits, and public policy.

Numerous organizations have formally recognized Tim’s community and professional contributions, including the National Association of Attorneys General (Marvin Award for leadership and service, and co-recipient of the Best Brief Award for legal writing in the U.S. Supreme Court), National Association of Community Leadership (Distinguished Leadership Award), LBJ School of Public Affairs (Distinguished Public Service Award – alumnus of the year), ASU School of Public Affairs (Faculty Associate Award for teaching excellence), ASU College of Extended Education (Outstanding Faculty Member Award for “excellence in teaching” at the Nonprofit Management Institute), the City of Phoenix (which dedicated the Delaney Family Playground in recognition of years of public service), and the NonProfit Times (annual Power & Influence Top 50 nonprofit leaders in the country six times).

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