Meet Nancy McNabb

Nancy McNabb, A.I.A.

nancy_2016_photoMcNabb holds a Master in Architecture (Structures) and a Bachelor’s of Science of Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana (UIUC). She is a registered architect in New York and Pennsylvania.


After architecture school graduation, Nancy was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the UIUC School of Architecture and a Project Architect in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon moving to upstate New York, Nancy served as Assistant Director for Code Development and Code Interpretation, and was Acting Director for the New York State Department of State, Codes Division. She moved on to a staff architect position at Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA) where her duties included facilitating code adoptions, conducting trainings on code interpretations, and representing the organization at legislative hearings.


Nancy joined the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in September 2001 as Regional Manager, Building Code Central Field Office, located in Dallas, TX. In 2005, Nancy was named the Director at NFPA’s Government Affairs Office in Washington, DC, where she was responsible for working with congressional and federal agencies, as well as allied organizations to promote the NFPA mission about fire and life safety.


In 2010, Nancy became the Manager, Building and Fire Codes and Standards of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her responsibilities there including developing and implementing a NIST-wide strategy, including needed supporting research, to provide the technical basis resulting in improvements to U.S. model building and fire codes and standards, as well as relevant international standards, to support strategic goals in areas of critical national need such as sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, security and community resilience.


Nancy recently joined The Continuity Project and formed McNabb & Associates where she continues to utilize her expertise in resilience planning and represent requests before agencies and organizations tied to the building and safety community. She currently serves as the Chair of the Communications Committee on the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council, and is active in developing, implementing, and maintaining strategic partnerships and strong working relationships at the local, state and national levels.


In 2018, Nancy McNabb took on the responsibility of Director, The Continuity Project, LLC.