The staff of ReadyNation International collectively brings more than 30 years' experience in early childhood and international work.

ReadyNation International’s main staff are Nancy Fishman, Global Director and Lauren Bell, Associate. Additional support is provided by staff with expertise in business mobilization, policy advocacy, research, communications, media relations, digital media content, and publication design.

Nancy Fishman

Nancy S. Fishman

Global Director

As Global Director, Nancy Fishman leads this business leader network of executives across industry sectors. Since 2014, ReadyNation expanded its reach to include work outside the United States under the name ReadyNation International (RNI). RNI helps countries around the world create their own networks of business champions to advance public and private investments in young children in order to improve the future global workforce.

In the U.S. Nancy educates and informs executives, key policymakers, and other community stakeholders on education continuum issues at the state and federal level as critical workforce and economic development issues. Nancy is a frequent speaker at events on how business leaders can use their time, influence and voice to promote policies that strengthen the workforce and economy.

Prior to joining ReadyNation, Nancy was the State Director of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Early Learning Investment Commission. The Commission, composed of 75 senior-level business executives across the commonwealth, supports public investment in high-quality early care and education as a workforce and economic development strategy. Previously, Nancy was the Director of Success By 6, the early childhood initiative of the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

Nancy was elected as a school director for Carlisle Area School District (PA) in 2003 and served for 12 years including seven years as the school board president. She previously served on several nonprofit boards of directors as well. Nancy received her B.A. in policy and management studies from Dickinson College and a M.S. in psychology from Shippensburg University.

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Lauren Bell


Lauren is an Associate with ReadyNation. Prior to joining Council for a Strong America in 2020, Lauren taught high school math in Kansas City, Missouri through Teach For America. She holds B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Lake Forest College and an M.A. in Secondary Education from University of Missouri-St Louis.