Co-Executive Director, Pierce Family Foundation
Heather D. Parish, Co-Executive Director, came to the Pierce Family Foundation (PFF) in 2013 with over 17 years of experience as an independent consultant to nonprofits and foundations engaged in housing, community development and capacity building initiatives. She was named Co-Executive Director of the foundation in January 2019 as part of a strategic partnership PFF entered into with the Cuore e Mani Foundation. Heather currently holds memberships in the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP), Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP), the Harvard Club of Chicago and the California Alumni Association. Since 2019, she has servedas a founding board member for AMPT: Advancing Nonprofits, a new initiative that provides targeted and effective capacity building support for small nonprofits on Chicago’s south and west sides, with priority given to those that are led by and serving Black and Latinx communities. Heather also serves on the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Advocacy Committee and the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Effective Governance Committee. Previously, she served as a board member for the Illinois Finance Authority, the Illinois State Board of Investment and the Wieboldt Foundation. Prior to starting her consulting practice, Heather worked as a Public Finance Associate with Prudential Securities Incorporated, as a Senior Consultant with KPMG Peat Marwick’s Government Services Practice, and as a Fiscal and Policy Analyst for the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. Sheholds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where she specialized in Housing, Community Development and Urban Economic Development.