Senior Associate Director of Learning Initiatives (2023-Present), Senior Fellow (2019-2023)
Heather Lord is a Senior Fellow for the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She focuses on bringing Stanford’s philanthropic research to donors, advisors, and family offices. Over the past 20 years she has helped foundations, families, startups and corporations implement social impact initiatives, overseeing multimillion-dollar social investment portfolios. She was a lead researcher for Faith Popcorn’s BrainReserve, co-founded V&H Social Impact, and launched new initiatives for the Rockefeller Foundation and the Whitney family’s Greentree Foundation. She has served on various corporate and philanthropic boards, including the Global Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations. She was educated at the University of Chicago, Reed College, and holds a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.