Madeleine Niebauer

Member Since 2019

Madeleine Niebauer

CEO & Founder


Milwaukee Area

Madeleine Niebauer founded vChief in 2016 to provide chief of staff support to busy executives on a part-time or interim basis. Maddy is 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, a spin-off of Bain and Co. 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.


  • Executive Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Operations


June 6th, 2023

How To Build A Successful Business And Maintain A Work-Life Balance

If you want to build a business that’s still around in five or 10 years, I believe balancing your life and work is the smartest way to grow both your impact and revenue.

August 4th, 2021

9 Tips on Finding More Diverse Candidates for Your Company’s Open Positions

June 21st, 2021

How A Chief-Of-Staff Role Can Help Launch Women Into Leadership

This is the ideal place for women to gain a stronghold into the inner workings of an organization’s leadership.

January 17th, 2021

13 Recruiting Lessons to Remember When Hiring for a Senior Position

Hiring for a senior position at a company usually requires a lot more time and effort than hiring for other positions. In many cases, business owners may have a hard time finding the most effective way to source senior talent for their organization. You don't want to lose out on great talent, but you also need to spot the best talent out of the field of applicants, because making a wrong hire at this level can spell disaster for the organization.



vChief is a virtual chief of staff service supporting leaders from all sectors and domains, who are looking for high-level strategic support but who don't need or may not have resources for a full time staff member in the role. We help align our client's time with their personal and organizational priorities, ensuring it is maximized. We lead strategic planning, manage projects, support internal and external communications, plan events & conferences, and create systems and processes that enable teams to operate at peak capacity. Using a collaborative needs assessment, we work with clients to identify the areas in which they and their organizations need the most support, and direct our efforts to those areas, to ensure executives time is focused where they can make the most impact.


  • Virtual chief of staff support
  • interim staffing solutions


Management Consulting