Heather Gingerich | Director of Initiative Partnerships

Heather is College Spark’s Director of Initiative Partnerships.  She manages our initiative projects, collaborates on our responsive grantmaking & advocacy strategies, and helps us deepen & assess our mission-aligned grant-making.  Contact Heather to explore partnership opportunities aimed at supporting the dreams of students and their communities by dismantling racism in the education system, or to find out more about our College Ready Math, Ready to Rise, Guided Pathways, or LEADER Initiatives.

Before and Beyond College Spark

Heather joined College Spark in 2006 with nearly 15 years experience in non-profit administration and program evaluation.  Her prior professional experience includes working as Director of Capacity Building and Social Justice Initiatives for the YWCA, Grants Manager for the United Way, and Director of Programs for Courage 360. She earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College.  When she’s not working, Heather stays busy watching Viola grow and traveling to sunny destinations with friends and family.

Night Table Reading

  • I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whitness, Austin Channing Brown
  • Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Anne Lamott

Quote of the Moment

“Justice is what love looks like in public, just like tenderness is what love feels like in private.”
Cornel West

Contact Heather

(206) 461-5326