Heather Hanna joined ECCLA in April 2017 as Director of Membership and Communication. In this role, she supports Council members with technical assistance and capacity building, while developing communication strategies to elevate awareness of Councils and their work to support young children and families.
Heather has over nine years of experience in strengthening communities for children and families with a focus on early childhood development. Prior to joining ECCLA, she was Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects Manager with First 5 Ventura County, one of California’s 58 early childhood commissions, and led efforts in resource development, strategic partnerships, community engagement, communications, and advocacy. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and has earned certificates in Nonprofit Management and Emergency Management.
Heather believes that the greatest impact can be made in the earliest years which contributes to reducing many social challenges we try to combat later. She is passionate about strengthening communities for children and families and works to achieve stronger communities through identifying opportunities for partnerships, facilitating collaboration, and working across sectors.
Originally from Florida, she is excited to make Colorado her home. In her free time, you can find her hiking with her husband across Colorado’s beautiful outdoors.