September 21, 2017 – Meg Heincke – Namaste Direct SF

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Meg​ ​is​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​Cornell​ ​University​ ​and​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​first​ ​15​ ​years​ ​of​ ​her​ ​career​ ​working​ ​in Napa​ ​in​ ​the​ ​wine​ ​industry.​ ​After​ ​taking​ ​a​ ​few​ ​years​ ​off​ ​to​ ​be​ ​at​ ​home​ ​in​ ​San​ ​Francisco​ ​with​ ​her kids,​ ​she​ ​decided​ ​that​ ​“phase​ ​two”​ ​of​ ​her​ ​career​ ​should​ ​be​ ​something​ ​meaningful,​ ​with​ ​an impact​ ​on​ ​the​ ​greater​ ​good.​ ​She​ ​was​ ​fortunate​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​Bob​ ​Graham​ ​in​ ​2016,​ ​as​ ​he​ ​was​ ​looking for​ ​someone​ ​to​ ​take​ ​the​ ​reins​ ​of​ ​fundraising​ ​for​ ​the​ ​non​ ​profit​ ​that​ ​he​ ​founded,​ ​Namaste​ ​Direct. Meg’s​ ​work​ ​includes​ ​connecting​ ​with​ ​individual​ ​donors,​ ​organizing​ ​fundraising​ ​events,​ ​seeking out​ ​grants​ ​from​ ​foundations​ ​and​ ​business​ ​groups​ ​(such​ ​as​ ​Rotary)​ ​and​ ​leading​ ​the​ ​annual Spring​ ​donor​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​Namaste’s​ ​headquarters​ ​in​ ​Guatemala.​ ​Bringing​ ​donors​ ​into​ ​the​ ​homes​ ​and businesses​ ​of​ ​Namaste’s​ ​clients​ ​is​ ​perhaps​ ​the​ ​most​ ​rewarding​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​job​ ​-​ ​showing​ ​the impact​ ​that​ ​education​ ​and​ ​a​ ​small​ ​investment​ ​has​ ​on​ ​the​ ​life​ ​of​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​and​ ​her​ ​family​ ​is​ ​a powerful​ ​incentive​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​the​ ​project​ ​going.

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​working​ ​for​ ​Namaste​ ​Direct,​ ​Meg​ ​is​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Directors​ ​of​ ​Edgewood​ ​Center for​ ​Children,​ ​a​ ​166​ ​year​ ​old​ ​children’s​ ​mental​ ​health​ ​agency​ ​and​ ​has​ ​volunteered​ ​as​ ​a​ ​alpine​ ​ski coach​ ​for​ ​Special​ ​Olympics​ ​of​ ​San​ ​Francisco.