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Nancy S. Mueller, BS

Founder, Nancy’s Specialty Foods

Nancy S. Mueller, BS

Nancy S. Mueller founded Nancy’s Specialty Foods in 1977 and was president for 22 years until selling the company in July, 1999. The company has subsequently been sold to Heinz, NA. Nancy’s is the largest processor and marketer of frozen quiche products in the world. Nancy’s is most famous for Nancy’s Petite Quiche, a superior tasting, premium quality, affordable, convenient appetizer developed by the former chemist. 

Additional brands include: Nancy’s 6 oz Quiche, Nancy’s Gourmet Appetizers and Nancy’s Party Spirals. Production, marketing, and sales operations were located in a state-of-the-art facility in Newark, California. The company’s products are distributed throughout the United States and Canada through retail grocery stores, warehouse club stores, and food service channels.

Mueller received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Russell Sage College in 1965. She was employed by Syntex Corporation as a research chemist and was a community volunteer until she started Nancy’s. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and International Women’s Forum. She serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Opera and Palo Alto Medical Foundation, as well as Rensselaer.

Her honors include: 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Severino Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; 1999 Enterprising Woman of the Year Award, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Silicon Valley Chapter; 1997 Laureate for the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in Santa Clara County; 1997 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year – Trailblazer Award; 1998 NAWBO, San Francisco Chapter; 1996 Women of Vision Award from the Career Action Center.

Mueller is a member of the George M. Low Society of Patroons of Rensselaer.

She is the wife of late trustee Glenn M. Mueller ’64.

Nancy S. Mueller, BS