Jennifer Heath is the President and CEO of United Way of Greater New Haven (UWGNH). She assumed that position in July 2016, after serving the organization for the past 10 years as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Community Impact. During her tenure at UWGNH, Jennifer has been the key architect of the organization’s work in the community. She led volunteer teams and staff to identify community issues and design and implement collective solutions. She helped secured new and diversified revenue streams for the organization to support key impact strategies, including over $2 million annually in federal funds for regional Early Head Start programs. After being named as the incoming President and CEO in January 2016, Jennifer led the Board and senior staff in developing a new strategic plan for the organization.
Jennifer has an extensive background working in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining UWGNH, Jennifer was a non-profit consultant working with government, foundations, and not-for-profit organizations on strategic planning, grantwriting, and program development. Earlier in her career, Jennifer managed a national program based out of Yale University helping communities around the country create community schools. She also worked at CT Voices for Children, a statewide research and advocacy organization focused on improving children’s lives. She has experience in government, having managed school reform programs within the Maryland State Department of Education and worked at the US Department of Education on higher education issues. She has particular expertise in early childhood education and education policy, new program design and implementation, and group facilitation.
Jennifer has a Master in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA from Davidson College. A North Carolina native, she has lived in the New Haven area for more than 20 years. She served on the Hamden Board of Education for almost seven years, and is an active member of Spring Glen Church. She lives in Hamden with her husband, son, and stepson, and enjoys reading, hiking, playing the piano, and eating New Haven pizza, which is the best pizza anywhere.