Nancy Fudem is a longtime resident of San Francisco and a lifelong resident of the Bay Area. She has a bachelor of arts in Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles and a masters of arts in Spanish from the University of California, Berkeley. Fudem has devoted the last 20 years to raising her family, volunteering in local schools and running a small entrepreneurial jewelry and accessory business. Her late spouse, Frank, was a commercial real estate broker and an active member of the San Francisco business community. Fudem's son, Jonathan, is a student at the University of Southern California, where he studies media and technology, and works for the campus television station.