One of the nation’s leading public education nonprofits, the Center for Education Reform, has recently settled its immediate and long-term stewardship concerns by bringing back longtime education proponent Stephanie Heishman.
CER President Jeanne Allen welcomed Heishman as Senior Director of Development. Heishman will oversee all of the organization’s philanthropic and fundraising activities.
Heishman started her career 12 years ago as a junior staffer and executive assistant at the Center, eventually working to create CER’s first-ever development department, where she honed many of her early fundraising skills.
“We’re grateful to have Stephanie back to lead our development shop. She returns to us with new skills and a professional poise that will keep CER’s strong and loyal funders engaged and committed. I’m so happy for all of us,” said Allen.
Prior to joining CER this week, Heishman served as Senior Development Manager with The Society for Science & the Public, working to grow the Society’s institution, individual and corporate funding base to support its mission of public engagement in scientific research and education.
Heishman also has vast experience in marketing, business development and philanthropic communications and events. Heishman has managed recruitment and outreach for several large-scale tradeshows and education competitions, worked with both nonprofit and corporate clients to grow their funding revenue, and has managed membership recruitment and retention programs at the Nature Conservancy, American Occupational Therapy Association and others.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, Heishman currently sits on the founding board of directors of Nexus Academy of DC, a blended learning charter school that is expected to open in the fall. Heishman is also a former board member of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and member of the Association of Fundraising Nonprofits.
“I am thrilled to be back in the education reform space - and for the opportunity to take the skills and expertise I have developed over the years to ensure that CER continues to serve as the leading authority, voice and advocate for education reform,” Heishman said. “I am proud to be joining an organization with such a tradition of excellence.”