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


October 5th, 2020

Ten Tips For Leaders Managing Virtual Teams

As many of us continue to navigate the world of remote work for the foreseeable future, we can begin to harness the multiple opportunities that it offers.

July 10th, 2020

Remote Work Is Here To Stay: Here's How To Do It Better

Now is the time to reflect on how you manage yourself and how you manage others.

November 7th, 2019

Can’t Find The Talent You Need? Be Flexible

Think outside the box to attract top talent in today's competitive hiring market.



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