Teresa Heinz Kerry

Chairperson,
Heinz Family Philanthropies

Theresa Heinz Kerry is the Chair of The Heinz Family Philanthropies. The Heinz Endowments, based in Pittsburgh, is among the largest independent philanthropic organizations in America. Last year, the foundation approved more than $70 million in grants to non-profit organizations, mostly concentrated within southwestern Pennsylvania, in the program areas of Arts & Culture; Children, Youth, and Families; Economic Opportunity; Education; and the Environment. The Heinz Family Philanthropies administer the annual Heinz Awards, and support active research and programs in the areas of women’s health and economic security. Today, the foundations she oversees are widely known for developing innovative strategies to protect the environment, improve education, enhance the lives of young children, broaden economic opportunity, and promote the arts. Teresa Heinz Kerry is also Vice Chairman of the Heinz Center’s board and a longtime board member of Environmental Defense, one of the nation’s leading environmental organizations. In 1992, she was one of ten representatives from non-governmental organizations attached to the US Delegation to the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Brazil. She has endowed a professorship in environmental management at the Harvard Business School and a chair in environmental policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she has established the Teresa Heinz Scholars for Environmental Research – annual awards to provide support for individuals writing doctoral dissertations or a master’s thesis, or for project enhancement, for research and solutions on emerging environmental issues. In 1996 she created the John Heinz Environmental Fellows Program for the United Negro College Fund.