Gus Heard-Hughes

Vice President, Programs

Gus Heard-Hughes is Vice President, Programs for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. He leads the Programs Team’s work on competitive grants, special RFPs and initiatives. Gus serves as point for the Community Foundation’s Mental Health Initiative, coordinating strategic partnerships to expand mental health services in the region. In his previous role as Senior Program Officer, Gus managed the Foundation’s Tornado Recovery Initiative, which provided nearly $4 million in grants to help over 700 families return to safe, secure homes. Gus is the lead contact for grant making and partnerships around nutrition, physical activity, public green space and the natural environment.

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 Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee.