HEATHER NEWELL

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FORMER DIRECTOR oF EDUCATION & DEVELOPMENT

Heather believes access to education and mental health services is a right for all. When people are able to explore their own well-being, they can understand who they are, share their story, and know how to exist and live within communities. Together, education and self-awareness can catalyze social change into action.

Heather’s career in international education began in 2010, assisting the launch of a start-up school outside of Accra, Ghana (namely in co-designing pedagogy). Educating youth who could not afford to go to school inspired Heather to join the U.S. Peace Corps in 2011 (Rwanda) as an Education Specialist. Classroom experience, along with technical writing skills, facilitation expertise, and a love for women’s empowerment, provided the necessary foundation for Heather help launch TWB in 2015.

Heather worked as TWB’s Director of Education & Development from 2016-2018 and was first TWB’s US Program Officer from 2015-2016. She was responsible for all educational programming related to TWB, inclusive of curriculum and resource development. Heather built resources related to our education initiatives, including manuals, student workbooks, curriculum listings, and training adaptations for the United States. Heather also mobilized TWB’s community through newsletter and content curation, strategic communications, donor relations, fundraising initiatives, grant-writing, and organizational administration. 

Heather is now working in the mental health field as she pursues her M.A. in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Her goal is to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) to work with couples and families, specifically with women and LGBTQT+ populations. Heather continues to be a strong supporter and advocate for TWB, firmly rooted in the transformative work of #breadpower.