Signe Bell

Biden School of Public Policy - University of Delaware

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2017

About Signe

Signe Bell is Director of Nonprofit and Community Programs and Policy Scientist with the Center for Community Research and Service (CCRS) in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and has been working with nonprofits and community organizations for more than 20 years. In addition to her work with BoardSource®, she is also a Certified Workshop Leader for the Strategic Doing™ Institute and a Licensed Standards for Excellence® licensed consultant and directs the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate) program at the University of Delaware. Signe has a B.S. in Human Services and an M.P.A. with a specialization in Nonprofit & Community Leadership from the University of Delaware.

Prior to joining the staff of the Center for Community Research and Service, she worked in the area of Youth Development with several youth serving nonprofits. Signe loves working with and coaching nonprofit/community leaders and boards and helping them attain their professional and organizational goals, as well as working with Public Policy and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program students as they plan and prepare for a career in Public Policy and/or Nonprofit Leadership. Her favorite types of consulting engagements include board/staff training, facilitation, Board Self-Assessments and leadership coaching.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning, Succession planning

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Advocacy organizations, Associations, Community foundations, Family foundations, Federated organizations, Founder-led organizations, Private foundations, Religiously-affiliated organizations, Small-budget organizations, Social justice organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs