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Heather Small, M.P.A. '05

Associate Director of National Major Gifts,
Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

"Coming to the M.P.A. program at Seton Hall, one of the goals of my life was to be a successful person and pursue a career where I could help women and girls. And I do that twofold: One in my daytime position, but also as a board member for the many boards that I sit on."

About Heather

Heather is the Associate Director of National Major Gifts for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She works with community support teams and the national CEO to help build ADL's portfolio with donors and monetary gifts. She also helps other ADL regions find ways to use their major donations.

Heather's M.P.A. Journey

Born on the island of Jamaica and raised in Orange, New Jersey, Heather was inspired to work with young girls and women at an early age. In school, and while volunteering at a summer camp for several years, she saw friends' lives changed forever by unexpected pregnancies or incarceration.

Coming from an immigrant family, it was always instilled in her that what you put into life, you get out of life. That strong belief became the drive she needed to fulfill her lifelong dream of empowering young women to see their potential.

After completing her undergraduate degree in political science from Seton Hall, Heather entered the workforce for a few years as a grant writer. It was during this time that she decided to advance her degree. Unsure of which path to take—law school or grad school—she confided in her Seton Hall faculty mentors and ultimately decided the M.P.A. program would be a perfect fit for her goals. It was.

With Seton Hall's M.P.A. program, Heather was able to work full time, build on her volunteer talents and pursue a career where she could help women and girls. Today, she has fulfilled her dream in a couple of ways: By helping non-profits apply for their 501(c)(3) and write grants and bylaws, and by being a board member for many youth- and poverty-focused programs.

An Non-Profit Management from Seton Hall University could help you fulfill your career goals. With a focus in both leadership skills and sector understanding, you'll have the education needed to become an effective administrator in government, social service, museums, higher education, health care or non-profit management.

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