Heather Larkin, Arkansas Community Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FOCUS AREAS: Health, education, economic well-being, quality of life in Arkansas

CONTACT:  501-372-1116 x 113, hlarkin@arcf.org

PROFILE:  Heather Larkin is the president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation. She has been with the funder since 1998. Larkin is an inactive CPA and lawyer who has worked in the nonprofit and foundation industries for many years.

She describes her current role like this:

Serves as the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. Reports directly to the Board and is ultimately responsible for the operation of all programs, the management of all fiscal resources, the supervision of all staff, and the provision of quality services to the community. 

Provides leadership and assistance to the Board in making the Foundation an effective, viable organization. Implements Board policies and plans toward the accomplishment of Foundation goals.

Her foundation bio shares:

Heather Larkin joined Arkansas Community Foundation in 1998 and became its President and CEO in January 2008. She is committed to and enjoys engaging people and connecting resources to build stronger communities in Arkansas.
Heather has been named one of the top 20 Influential Women in Arkansas by Arkansas Business. She was also named as a “Scholar in Residence” at the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy for exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy.
Heather is a Hull Fellow and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow. The Fellowship enabled her spend three weeks in Europe exploring issues of nonprofit governance, strategic planning, grantmaking, investments and public/private partnerships.
Heather is a native of Charleston, Ark. She attended Hendrix College in Conway and while at Hendrix, she competed in several sports including cross-country, track and basketball. Upon graduating with distinction in economics and business, she went to work for Ernst and Young, LLP and became a Certified Public Accountant. After working at Ernst and Young for a couple of years, she returned to the academic arena and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. While at the UALR School of Law she served as survey/comments editor for the UALR Law Journal.
Heather is a board member of Just Communities of Arkansas, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation, Rotary Club 99 and Acansa Arts Festival. She was inducted into the Hendrix Athletic Hall of Honor in 2007. She is also a member of various organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock class 19 and of Leadership Arkansas Class 1. She is a member of Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church.