Dee Delaney

Founding Executive Director

FISA Foundation

Dee Delaney brings the spirit of dedication to nonprofits to all she does. Her early work experience unexpectedly supported what she’s done since. 

“After graduating from college, I worked for five years as a computer systems representative supporting clients’ large mainframe computers,” says Dee. “Little did I know at the time that technology would become a significant part of everyday life over the next generation. The skills and experience I gained during that phase of my career have proved invaluable.”

Dee served as the first Executive Director of FISA Foundation from 1996 until her retirement in 2010. Honors for her advocacy work include the United Cerebral Palsy Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine Appreciation Award, and Achieva Excellence in Professional Service Award. Dee was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Governor Edward Rendell in 2010. 

Inspired by the sector’s “selfless spirit, noble management, and resilience.”

Dee’s role model is her successor Kristy Trautmann, Executive Director, FISA Foundation: “Aan outstanding creative leader who excels at partnering with other nonprofits and has fostered inclusivity and change for underserved populations both in our community and nationally.”

Wishes for next nonprofit leaders: “I hope supply will meet the ever-increasing demand for talented nonprofit leaders and that the sector can attract, develop and retain them.”

Recommended reading over a favorite breakfast: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor with homemade granola with berries and yogurt