Gus Heard-Hughes, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

TITLE:  Senior Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Nutrition and physical activity, public green space, natural environment and housing stability

CONTACT:  205-327-3817, gheard-hughes@cfbham.org

PROFILE: Gus Heard-Hughes is the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham’s senior program officer. His foundation bio shares:

Gus Heard-Hughes is the Senior Program Officer at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. He represents the Community Foundation as a lead partner in the Health Action Partnership and other regional health initiatives, fostering collaborative approaches to improving community health. He coordinated the Community Foundation’s tornado recovery initiative, which provided nearly $4 million in grants to help over 700 families return to safe, secure homes. Within the Results Framework, Gus works on strategies to improve nutrition and increase physical activity, expand public green space, improve the natural environment and increase housing stability.

Before coming to the Community Foundation, Gus served as a Senior Field Coordinator with Heifer International. Gus holds a BA in Sustainable Food Systems from Hampshire College and a MSW in Social Policy and Administration from Florida State University. He is a founder and former board member of the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and was part of the 2013 class of the Alabama Leadership Initiative. He currently serves on the Walker County Health Action Partnership Leadership Team, the Birmingham MPO Active Transportation Committee and the Alabama Obesity Task Force.