Charlottesville, Va. – Today, Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) announced Dr. Mariane Asad Doyle as its new executive director. Dr. Asad Doyle will assume responsibility on February 1 and succeed Cristine Nardi who served as executive director for 15 years.

“We are deeply excited about Mariane joining CNE,” said Nathan Walton, CNE Board Chair. “She brings a wide array of passions and skills related to relationship building, community-based programming, and organizational management, but also has specific expertise in the roles of equity and advocacy in nonprofit practice. Mariane embodies a unique balance of conviction and humility that I am convinced will benefit not only CNE, but communities throughout Virginia.”

Asad Doyle most recently served as Chief Culture Officer at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, where she leveraged more than two decades of experience as a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in nonprofits, public education, and human resources. She previously served in leadership roles with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the William S. Hart Union High School District, and as a lecturer in educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Northridge.

Additionally, she currently serves on the board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce as chair of the public policy committee, is a member of the budget committee for the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and is a long-range planning advisory committee member for Albemarle County Public Schools.

As executive director, Asad Doyle will lead the strategic planning, operational management and advocacy efforts of CNE to strengthen partnerships, build nonprofit capacity, and address structural inequities in the social impact sector.

“I am deeply honored to uphold the remarkable legacy of CNE and long-time executive director, Cristine Nardi, who served as the guiding force in steering the organization from its infancy to the impactful powerhouse it is today,” said Asad Doyle. “I am enthusiastic about propelling us into the future, championing nonprofits to thrive as sustainable organizations that play a pivotal role in serving the community and humanity at large.”

Asad Doyle attained a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. She lives with an incredibly supportive husband of nearly 20 years, two wonderful children, and what she describes as “the best dog in the world.”

There are more than 35,000 nonprofit organizations in Virginia, representing a quarter of the public service workforce. Since 2005, CNE has been a primary resource for the nonprofit sector by providing training, leadership development, consulting and technical support, and data, research, and convening to help nonprofit organizations and their leaders grow and thrive.


About CNE

Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) is a member-driven, community resource for strengthening nonprofits and building a healthy, thriving social impact sector. CNE partners with more than 900 nonprofits and funders statewide to provide leadership development, training and consulting, and data, research, and convening so we can all live in a more equitable, thriving, and just Virginia.