Betsy Hanlon

Advisor to the President & CEO

Betsy is a senior financial executive who has held financial, strategic and administrative positions with private, public and non-profit companies. Most recently, Betsy served as CFO for Climate Advisers, Inc., where she was responsible for several functions, including finance, human resources, contracts, facilities and IT.

Previously, she was COO for Grayling, a subsidiary of Hunstworth PLC, an international communications group, and held senior positions with Cambridge Information Group, a privately held investment and management company where she oversaw all financial operations of CIG and the company’s Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Bach to Rock, and Jindy Stores after serving as Controller of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York.

Earlier in her career, she was associated with prominent telecommunications, public relations, biomedical and law firms in the DC area. She began her career at Price Waterhouse in Philadelphia. A graduate of The College of William and Mary with a BA in Philosophy, Betsy holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate from Georgetown University.

Betsy currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer of Center City Public Charter Schools and has served on other non-profit Boards and as a consultant to a number of non-profits through Compass DC.


What inspires me to do what I do
I have been fortunate in my life to have many privileges and a wonderful family and am inspired to give back to my community in DC and to share my talents with organizations that are effecting change in the world.

Betsy is my nickname—given at birth because my legal name (Janet) is the same as my mother and her mother. My dad called me Betsy Blue (Eyes)

Movie that moved me
Pay it Forward

A person I’d love to meet
Michelle Obama (and Barack if I can pick two)

Fitness (Orangetheory, Barre, cycle, yoga); arts, particularly music (I sing in Choralis) and theater; novels; travel

Slogans for life
In a world where you can be anything, be kind

Guilty pleasure
Red wine and tortilla chips, not necessarily together

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I like Hallmark Christmas movies

Thing that really baffles me
Trump supporters

Favorite meal
Fajitas or Ma Kuer

Random fact about me
I was second of six children—five girls and one boy

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