Jeannie Howell, Community Impact Manager, Sacramento Region Community Foundation
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Jeannie Howell is the Community Impact Manager at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and has been with the Foundation since April 2011.  Prior to her tenure at the Foundation, she led the team at the American Lung Association in California as their Area Director. As Area Direct, Jeannie managed a board of directors, several programs, and two major fundraising events, including piloting the first ever stair climb event in the area.  Jeannie began her career in the nonprofit sector at the American Heart Association in 2005, where she worked as the Business Development Director for the Start! Heart Walk, one of the area’s largest walk events.

Before her career in philanthropy, Jeannie spent time working in the banking industry while going to school to pursue a career in music.  After a brief time working as a musician in Austin, Texas, she moved back to the Sacramento area to begin her work in philanthropy. While Jeannie no longer works or aspires to be a musician full time, she is a very active local musician, and has performed locally and abroad since 1995.

In her current role as the Community Impact Manager at the Foundation, Jeannie manages the competitive and discretionary grants programs. She also works on special projects and key initiatives for the Foundation, including the development of the GivingEdge, the community’s first online nonprofit information site, and the BIG Day of Giving.