Ann Isaly Wolfe Award 2021 Honoree: Nancy Cardenas Nancy Cardenas has been a devoted advocate and friend to Franklin Park Conservatory for more than 15 years. A committed supporter through her own philanthropy, she’s also led efforts to expand the Conservatory’s community of donors. In 2014, she helped start the Monarch Society—a circle of patrons who provide a stable source of annual support, co- chairing the group for five years. In 2018, she chaired Hat Day, achieving one of its highest-netting years on record. An active member of the Women’s Board since 2004, she co-chaired the group’s former Antiques & Gardeners’ Fair in 2007, and led the Women’s Board as president in 2008.
Nancy’s genuine passion shines in her volunteerism with the Conservatory’s community outreach and education programs. She’s a dedicated volunteer in the Nature Therapy program, which engages adults with developmental disabilities with nature-based, therapeutic activities. She also volunteers with Green STEM, an after-school curriculum focused on plant science education, along the way building confidence and broadening horizons for underserved students.
Giving back to her community also includes involvement with the Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland. Nancy and her husband, John, have been married for 28 years and have two children, Alexandra and Clay.