Heather oversees day-to-day grantmaking operations, helping to ensure the best service possible to grantees.
Heather is program and grants manager at the Fund. She works across programs to oversee day-to-day grantmaking operations, including grantmaking procedures, grant processing and budgeting, docket editing and preparation, staff training, and grantmaking analysis. In recent years, Heather has overseen the Fund’s shift to online and cloud systems that allow for more efficient processing of grants and applications.
Heather has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the Fund, she was executive director of the Foundation for the People of Burma (now Partners Asia), a public charity that supports and implements education and health programs in Burma (aka Myanmar) and for refugees in Thailand and India. Heather has also volunteered overseas with the Refugee Reception Centre in Kathmandu, run by the Government of Tibet in Exile. She currently is active as a volunteer with the Best Friends Animal Society and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Previously, Heather held several positions with the James Irvine Foundation. She is member of the Grants Managers Network and has a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Macalester College.
This is an organization focused on customer service and working in partnership with grantees, and it is my job to make sure we are living up to that promise.