Alumnae News & Highlights

Nancy Swegler Anthony ’71 is a leader, an advocate, a champion, and a tireless contributor to an array of organizations around the country. A 1971 graduate of Hathaway Brown, Nancy has had an extraordinarily impactful career in finance, but as she moves toward retirement, she says she hopes to spend even more time focusing on the causes she supports in her charitable work.

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics and accountancy from Northwestern and DePaul universities, along with a CPA, Nancy spent her early career working for manufacturer Cutler Hammer (now Eaton Corporation) and in accounting firms. In 1983, her grandfather invited her to join the family business, Fernwood Advisors, an investment management firm headquartered in Boston. She moved up the ranks in the company and now is president of the firm. More than three decades into her tenure, she now is working on crafting a succession plan so that she may concentrate more fully on her charitable endeavors.

As the co-chair of her family foundation, Nancy invests a great deal of time working to better education and mental health services in the United States. She is especially interested in teen suicide prevention. In 2011, Nancy was honored with the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Catcher in the Rye Humanitarian Award for her work. She also serves as a board member at the Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research. Although she only attended HB for three years in grades 10 through 12, Nancy has maintained lifelong HB friendships and kept an active interest in her alma mater. In 2012, she established the Anthony Family Fund for Aspire to support HB’s signature summer program that provides educational and leadership opportunities for girls in Northeast Ohio who attend under-resourced schools. Nancy also has been a trusted advisor to Head of School Bill Christ, as she was a trusted and valued member of Hathaway Brown’s Board of Trustees.

  • Distinguished Alumnae Award