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Heather Peeler

President and CEO  |  ACT for Alexandria

As President and CEO of ACT for Alexandria, Heather leads the community foundation’s efforts to elevate local philanthropic giving, support local nonprofits working to aid the most vulnerable, and develop solutions for the community’s most pressing challenges.

Heather previously served as Vice President of Member and Partner Engagement for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. While there, she mobilized a national network of more than 5,000 grantmakers in adopting practices to make the greatest impact on nonprofit performance. She also served as Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service and as Managing Director at Community Wealth Partners. Throughout her career she has focused on bringing people together to make their organizations and their communities stronger. She regularly writes and speaks about capacity building, community engagement, collaboration, and learning and evaluation. Her own community involvement includes serving as Chair of the Board of Fair Chance, an organization that builds the capacity of grassroots youth-serving organizations, and as a Commissioner on the Washington, D.C. Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes. Ms. Peeler holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and earned her M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA in Los Angeles, California.

Alexandria, Va.

Term expires 2020