Knight Consulting

About Lucy Knight, Principal, Knight Consulting

Lucy Knight has more than 35 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. After working for a variety of nonprofits ranging from an urban community center to Duke University, she launched Knight Consulting in 1993. She specializes in working with board, program planning and evaluation, and meeting facilitation.

Currently, as a volunteer, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Previously, she has been a trustee of Wesleyan University, a member of the board of the Boston Women's Fund, and chair of the board of the Durham Dispute Settlement Center.

Over the years, Knight has been a director of development at a settlement house, the director of foundation and corporate relations at a college, and the founding director of the office of research support at a major research university. She has also been a trainer with the Grantsmanship Center and taught outcome evaluation workshops through the Donors Forum of Illinois.

Knight has also been an adjunct professor in rhetoric and is currently a visiting scholar at the Gender Studies Program at Northwestern University. A widely published author, she has written two biographies of Jane Addams under her formal name, Louise W. Knight (see She is currently writing a dual biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, the abolitionist-feminists from Charleston, South Carolina. Knight's writing has been published in various academic journals, book essay collections, and the New York Times Book Review, the Women's Review of Books, Foundation News & Commentary, and the Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on public television and radio, C-Span Book TV and the Diane Rehm Show, among others.