Director of Grants Development
Heather Fukunaga is the Director of Grants Development for the Youth Policy Institute and has a leading role in fundraising for the organization from a range of local, state, and federal agencies, including the US Departments of Education, HUD, Labor, Justice, HHS, Agriculture, and Corporation for National and Community Service.
Heather had an integral role in securing YPI’s Neighborhood Revitalization Initiatives, including the Promise Neighborhood, Choice Neighborhood, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program, and the Promise Zone in which YPI is Lead Implementation Partner to the City of Los Angeles. Prior to joining YPI’s Development Department, Heather worked for YPI's Promise Neighborhood planning initiative and Full-Service Community Schools program on community engagement, partnership development, and coordination of direct services.
Heather’s previous experience includes a Trustees Fellowship with the International Honors Program, where she led a group of undergraduates in comparative study of public health in South Africa, Vietnam, and Brazil. She coordinated the Women in Science & Engineering program at the University of Arizona, was a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses, and served as Secretary for the Women’s Studies Advisory Council Board of Directors. Heather also served as a member of the Board of the Directors at Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.
Heather earned her Bachelor's in Political Science from Boston University and her Master's in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona. Her Master’s thesis project examined sex education policies in Arizona.