Junior Achievement of Northern California LEADERSHIP
Cristene Burr – President
Heather Small – Vice President of Development
As VP of Development, and part of our senior leadership, Heather provides strategy to advance JA's mission. She guides our Development Department to drive revenue results by building donor, foundation and corporation relationships to ensure we grow JA's sustainability for the benefit of serving JA's 90,000 students and 400+ schools across Northern and Central California. Heather brings to JA, a decade of non-profit fundraising through grant writing and event planning, focused on improving life opportunities for youth through quality education.
As a JA alum, Heather experienced how JA brings financial life lessons alive. This was impactful and long-lasting. It is a pleasure now, to demonstrate how JA improves student's lives, by helping them get to college or a career path because they experienced a JA program or JA volunteer who changed their life.
Heather is a graduate of the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Business Psychology and Broadcast Communications
Kathie Blanchette – Vice President of Education
"What I love most about JA is having the opportunity to influence young minds and future generations."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"JA Tech & Innovation Day allowed me to learn new techniques to create new ideas."
"What I learned and gathered from my JA experience can be boiled down to confidence in myself and my ideas."