Spruill brings a deep background in nonprofit management, communications, and advocacy as President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. She is also an eminent thought leader and policy advocate and is well-known for her work in building effective teams and coalitions. She most recently served as president and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy, where she modernized its public engagement strategies while maintaining a science-based rigor in guiding its advocacy efforts.
Entrepreneurship is a hallmark of Spruill’s career. In 2003, she helped create FoundationWorks, an independent organization devoted to helping foundations and others in the philanthropic sector use strategic communications to enhance their philanthropic effectiveness. As the first director of the Philanthropic Awareness Initiative, she coauthored publications including Philanthropy in the News and Making American Foundations Relevant. Earlier in her career, Spruill founded and led SeaWeb, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing ocean issues through strategic communications and social marketing. Her work at SeaWeb was built on a 15-year career in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president of Ruder Finn, one of the largest independent public relations firms in the world.