About the Institute


The Nexus Institute is dedicated to expanding the strategic long-term capabilities of leaders and organizations facing unparalleled levels of change and complexity. The Institute develops and facilitates customized executive education programs, conducts organizational and leadership needs assessments, and works with organizations to design and implement initiatives related to leadership, human capital development, performance improvement, and public policy.


The Institute was founded upon the following core set of values:

  • Quality
  • Quality and continuous improvement are deeply held, fundamental priorities of the Institute. Our goal is to exceed client expectations in everything we do and to constantly seek higher levels of performance through our own learning and research.

  • Integrity
  • We adhere to the highest ethical standards and promote integrity, accountability and transparency in all that we do.

  • Customization
  • The Institute is committed to designing each program to meet the specific and unique needs of the organization. All aspects of a program can be customized including program venue, length, curriculum, learning format, and logistics. The Institute can assume responsibility for all or discrete parts of an executive education/organizational consulting initiative

  • Collaboration
  • The Institute is dedicated to genuine collaboration with client organizations in order to ensure an optimal working relationship and outstanding program results. This includes regular and effective communication, and a spirit of teamwork.

  • Global and Interdisciplinary Focus
  • While the Institute is based in Washington, DC, its scope and outlook are international. Also, our interdisciplinary commitment expands learning opportunities and helps program participants broaden their perspectives.

Core Capabilities and Strengths

  • Substantial experience designing and facilitating executive education programs and consulting with organizations on leadership initiatives
  • In-depth knowledge about public policymaking and current issues
  • A broad and diverse network of prominent speakers and expert resources in business, government, non-profit organizations and academia
  • Extensive multi-sector leadership and management experience
  • Academic research expertise in leadership, complex systems, organizational analysis, management, and adult education

Recent Clients and Projects

Current clients include a variety of U.S. and international organizations in government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • Working with the U.S. Embassy, designed and facilitated a variety of leadership and public policy workshops for senior officials of a foreign government and dialogues with their American counterparts
  • Co-led a workshop on leadership and complexity theory for a group of financial sector CEOs
  • An annual seminar for nonprofit leaders involving presentations by major policy officials and scholars, and development of an action plan for the sector and the region
  • A series of seminars and workshops for a preeminent government leadership program focusing on public policy, leadership, integrity and advocacy
  • A needs assessment of leadership development opportunities in a major sector for an international consulting organization
  • An intensive, week-long seminar on national policymaking for a prestigious university doctoral program including specialized sessions on science and technology policy
  • Provided research and advice to a major European foundation on a new leadership development initiative

Biography of the Institute's Founder and President

Nanette M. Blandin is President of The Nexus Institute, which she established in 2004. She brings to the Institute thirty years of leadership experience in executive education and public policy. She is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at The American University and Senior Fellow, Burns Academy of Leadership.

Dr. Blandin’s background includes twenty years at The Brookings Institution where she served as Vice President, Director and Senior Staff in the Center for Public Policy Education, and designed and managed a wide variety of educational programs for U.S. and international companies, professional associations, government agencies, and foreign embassies. Previously, she worked at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the State of California in a variety of policy and management positions.

She holds a doctoral degree in Human and Organizational Studies from George Washington University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and French from the University of California. She has also studied at the Université de Bordeaux, Middle East Institute, Federal Executive Institute and the Foreign Service Institute.

Dr. Blandin is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and is a Judge for the Academy’s annual Louis Brownlow Book Award. She is a member of the International Leadership Association, Plexus Institute, the American Society of Public Administration and has served on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation Selection Committee.

She has lectured and published on a wide variety of public policy, executive education, and leadership subjects. Her international experience includes living in Asia and Europe; extensive worldwide travel; keynote presentations at a number of global conferences; Arabic, Japanese, Italian and Spanish language studies; and fluency in French.

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