Heather Larkin, JD, CPA, is the President and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation. On the Foundation staff since 1998, she uses her law and accounting background to strengthen the Foundation and to build philanthropic funds for the benefit of Arkansas. Larkin is committed to improving the state and enjoys helping people leave a legacy and give to the causes they care about. In 2001, she was named a Hull Fellow and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s next generation of philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. The Fellowship enabled her to spend three weeks in Europe exploring issues of nonprofit governance, strategic planning, grant making, investments, and public/private partnerships. Larkin is a native of Charleston, Arkansas, a Hendrix College graduate. She completed her JD degree for the Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas. While with the Center on Community Philanthropy, Heather Larkin presented a paper on how community philanthropy reaches beyond the banker and advances movement toward more equitable communities.
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