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Martha L.P. Heassler
Lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts


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Communications and Grants Professional; CDO/Grants Officer for Hagar USA, Inc.
Martha L.P. Heassler has worked as a communications, development and grants professional on the West and East Coasts, serving in both consulting and staff capacities for a number of leading national and international institutions.

She is currently serving as Grants Officer for Hagar USA, Inc., the US support office for Hagar International, which provides long-term holistic recovery services to address the complex needs of women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. 

Martha’s early career featured marketing, public relations and fundraising responsibilities within the field of international relief and development, particularly as a staff member with World Vision in California within the height of the "Ethiopia Crisis” in the mid-1980s and then as a grants consultant working from Boston with World Vision’s domestic and international programs in the late 1980s.

Martha Heassler's more recent grants experience includes foundation relations and capital campaign responsibilities within two nationally-renowned institutions of higher education based in New England, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Gordon College. There, she played a key role in major grants awarded to these institutions by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Kresge Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, Inc., and The Henry Luce Foundation.

She has also worked as part-time Grants Supervisor/Consultant with Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, a leading community service agency on Boston’s North Shore; served as a family spokesperson for the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, the Greater Boston Food Bank and Feeding America; and has been involved in the Cape Ann chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) and other disability advocacy groups.  
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 Trask Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
Communications and Grants Professional; CDO/Grants Officer for Hagar USA, Inc.
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