Meet the Team
Founder & CEO
MBA, Columbia Business School
BA, Stanford University
vChief was founded by Madeleine Niebauer, a seasoned executive with two decades of experience across the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Madeleine spent 5 years as a Chief of Staff at Teach For America, working virtually with a member of the organization's leadership team. She loved the fast-paced, ever-changing nature of the work, and the ability to truly leverage a leader's time so they could be more productive and successful. She knew many leaders could benefit from this service on a part-time basis, which inspired her to launch vChief.
Most recently, Madeleine was the Vice President of Strategy, Learning, and Operations at Teach For America. Prior to joining TFA, Madeleine was a strategy consultant for foundations and nonprofit organizations at The Bridgespan Group. Earlier in her career, Madeleine managed a tutoring center with SCORE! Educational Centers and served in the Peace Corps in Ivory Coast.
Madeleine earned a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was president of the Social Enterprise Club. She was recently the Vice Chair of the board of directors for One City Early Learning Centers. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin and has three elementary aged daughters, who all share her love of globetrotting, camping, and family fun.