An attorney with extensive leadership experience in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Tim Delaney has served as the President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits since July 2008. Tim began his career at a large multi-state law firm, where he focused on litigation, media law, and government relations. Appointed in 1995 to be Arizona’s Solicitor General, Tim successfully guided Arizona to win several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. He later chaired the Transition Team for the newly-elected Attorney General, who promoted him to the top staff position of Chief Deputy Attorney General. In 2001, Tim left the Attorney General’s Office to create the Center for Leadership, Ethics & Public Service, an independent nonprofit through which he worked with more than 22,000 people across the country championing positive ethics, advancing civic engagement, and promoting democracy.
During his career, Tim has helped nonprofits from a variety of vantage points, including as an attorney, author, board chair, CEO, consultant, founder, incubator, lobbyist, teacher, trainer, and volunteer. Tim previously served as board chair of Valley Leadership, adjunct faculty member at a major university teaching courses on “Leadership & Ethics in the Nonprofit Sector,” author of a guidebook on nonprofit advocacy, and as a national Training Fellow for the nonpartisan Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest, which the National Council absorbed as part of its operations in 2012. He currently represents North America on the Steering Committee of the international Affinity Group of National Associations within CIVICUS.
In the field of ethics and public trust, Tim has served as a prosecutor (helping to impeach a Governor and later remove four other elected officials from office), author, legislative drafter (developing Arizona’s Public Service Ethics Act), and consultant and trainer for businesses, governments, and nonprofits.
A sought-after speaker, Tim has made more than 100 keynote and other presentations during the last several years for a diverse range of groups, such as the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, BoardSource, Conference of Western Attorneys General, Council of State Governments, The Forbes Funds, Girl Scouts, National Association for Court Managers, National Association of Counties, Nonprofit Risk Management Center, and YWCA, as well as state governments across the country and most of the State Associations of nonprofits. Additionally, Tim has been interviewed by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NPR, The New York Times, The NonProfit Quarterly, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, and many other news outlets.
Numerous organizations have formally recognized Tim’s community and professional contributions, including the National Association of Attorneys General (Marvin Award for leadership and service, and co-recipient of the Best Brief Award for legal writing in the U.S. Supreme Court), National Association of Community Leadership (Distinguished Leadership Award), LBJ School of Public Affairs (Distinguished Public Service Award alumnus of the year), and Arizona State University (School of Public Affairs’ Faculty Associate Award and the Nonprofit Management Institute’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award).