As Chief Executive Officer, Heidi Hartshorn McPherson is responsible for leading the strategic efforts of The Community Foundation. She brings nearly 30 years of experience as a nationally recognized leader in the philanthropic community.
Heidi is committed to The Community Foundation vision of improving the lives for all who live and care about the SLO County diverse communities. She is focused on working proactively with the community of individuals, businesses and family foundations committed to meeting community needs and to increasing support for local nonprofit organizations. Heidi feels her life in the philanthropic sector demonstrates her belief that “philanthropy and community partnerships can change the world.” She currently serves as Chair of the board of directors for the League of California Community Foundations, a state wide association of community foundations. She lives in Atascadero with her husband, Richard, her therapy dog in training Biscuit and her rescue terrier Bucky and has three grown children.
Emily has joined our team as Scholarship Manager to lead the Foundation’s quickly growing Scholarship program that provides critical support for local students. Emily is passionate about helping young people find their voices and pursue their dreams.
Emily is a San Luis Obispo County native, who has a core connection with what matters to her friends, family, and neighbors. She believes in collaboration and that changing the world starts right here at home. She received her bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UC Santa Cruz and returned to the Central Coast to work as a reporter and a key member of many different nonprofit administrations, from causes like Hospice and Home Health, to Audubon and the arts. Emily is thrilled to work alongside the Foundation’s staff, donors, and volunteers to help shape scholarship opportunities and open doors for local students whose dreams can become a reality.
Emily lives in the small town of Santa Margarita and has a son who is in college. In her spare, time Emily enjoys hiking, mountain biking, birding, making stained glass windows and adventuring with her German Shepard.