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Michelle Heritage

Executive Director

Michelle Heritage has a distinguished 25+ year track record of guiding non-profit organizations to significant growth and societal impact. At the Community Shelter Board, she spearheaded initiatives that more than quadrupled the annual budget from $12 million to $58.6 million and led a pivotal campaign raising $30 million for innovative housing solutions. Adept in fundraising, Heritage has mobilized over $100 million in funds focused on efforts with quantifiable success.

Her strategic acumen was pivotal at St. Vincent Family Center, where she oversaw a 60% revenue increase, successfully steering the organization from financial distress to a position of growth and stability. Her previous roles include President & CEO at The Prevention Council of Central Ohio and Director at Stevens House/House of Hope, where she led critical restructuring and program enhancements that improved service outcomes.

Her drive to address and advocate for systemic social change and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives is evidenced by her board leadership in Equality Ohio, contributions to a mayor-led task force on Black infant mortality, and as a long-time leader of initiatives to diversify non-profit boards. 

Heritage’s excellence in leadership has been recognized by the establishment of the “Heritage Innovation Award” in her honor, and her work has received commendation for outstanding data, compliance, and financial operations from federal and state governments and foundations. She has earned accolades such as the YMCA Columbus Woman of Achievement, Most Admired Executives, The Power 100 Most Influential People, Niagara Foundation Woman of the Year, and Non-Profit CEO of the Year.

Heritage holds a Master of Education in Clinical Counseling from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Social Justice from The Ohio State University. Her service extends to board positions with several key community organizations such as Legal Aid and United Way. 

With a proven ability to lead organizations through transformative change, Michelle has an unwavering dedication to creating a healthier world through strategic leadership and collaboration.