Heath Wickline is Deputy Director of Communications at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, providing strategic communications partnership and management across a range of issues and initiatives. He is the communications lead for the foundation’s Performing Arts Program, as well as its Cyber and Economy and Society initiatives, providing strategic counsel to program staff and working with them to plan and implement communications efforts that help achieve the foundation’s goals. He also helped develop new policies and procedures related to openness and transparency at the foundation, including co-authoring an open licensing toolkit for grantees, and was a member of the Building an Inclusive Culture working group, which examined issues of diversity, equity and inclusion at the foundation.
Previously, he worked as an independent consultant to foundations, nonprofit organizations and government agencies on communications planning, branding and messaging. From 2008 to 2010, he was a senior account manager at a San Francisco advertising agency where he developed award-winning print, broadcast and online campaigns for Bay Area and national nonprofit organizations. Earlier in his career, he developed communications training programs for organizations working for social change. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors of Welcoming America, an organization that supports immigrant integration efforts in communities across the United States.
Heath 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 lives in Alameda with his wife and two children.