Heather Schneider, Executive Director
Heather Schneider is the Executive Director of the Golden Civic Foundation – a Foundation that uses civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve quality of life in the City of Golden. Recognized for her leadership and expertise in navigating change and working cross sector with local business leaders, elected officials, and community and philanthropic partners, Heather continues to define the Foundation’s role in supporting local small businesses and nonprofit organizations that make Golden a stronger, more vibrant community for all. In her role, Heather works with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to craft and implement the organization’s strategic initiatives, as well as lead their fundraising, programming, and communication efforts.
Heather joined the Foundation in early 2016 after an 18-year career in marketing and business development. Having been born and raised by civic-minded parents in Golden during the 1970s and 1980s, she is truly passionate about her hometown. She was the recipient of the 2014 City of Golden’s Mayor’s Award of Excellence and a 2009 graduate of Leadership Golden. In addition to supporting a wide array of local nonprofit organizations and causes, Heather’s philanthropic leadership includes currently serving on the City of Golden’s Community Marketing/Visit Golden Committee. From 2011-2016, she served as the Marketing and Communications Chair for the Golden Schools Foundation’s Annual Golden Gallop 5K/10K that helps financially support the students of Golden articulation schools. In 2012-2013, she helped in the formation and branding of the Golden Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional’s Group.
Heather earned a Bachelor of Communications and Business from Arizona State University. She lives in historic downtown Golden with her husband and never misses a dull moment by being active in their three children’s local community schools, sports and 4-H club.