MENLO PARK, Calif. – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today that Heath Wickline and Jon Jeter are joining the Foundation as communications officers. Wickline will lead the Foundation’s social media effort, and Jeter will lead the Foundation’s multimedia activities. Both will be responsible for helping to strengthen the communications strategies of the Foundation and its grantees.
Jeter is a former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, heading the newspaper’s bureaus in southern Africa and South America; his work was included in a story series that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. He is the author of Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People and the co-author of A Day Late and a Dollar Short: High Hopes and Deferred Dreams in Obama’s “Post-Racial” America. He is also a former producer for This American Life, a popular documentary series broadcast on public radio.  

He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and began work at the Foundation on April 22.

Wickline brings to the Foundation more than a decade of experience helping nonprofit agencies across the country to develop, implement, and improve their organizations’ communications strategies. He worked as the director of the SPIN Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, between 2005 and 2007; in 2008 he was named a senior account manager for another San Francisco communications agency, Underground Advertising, before leaving two years later to launch his own consulting firm, Heath Wickline Communications. 

Wickline holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Boston University and a master’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University. He begins work at the Foundation on May 13.

“We are delighted to welcome Heath and Jon to the Foundation,” said Communications Director Eric Brown. “Their energy, creativity, and understanding of today’s media environment will help strengthen our programs, our grantees, and the communities they serve.”

About The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.

Eric Brown
Communications Director