Senior Vice President
Heidi Waltner-Pepper brings more than two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector with areas of fundraising expertise in education, arts and culture, and human services philanthropy. Her service to clients includes campaign counsel and feasibility studies, major gifts, development assessments, and fundraising plans, along with recruiting top development talent. Developing authentic relationships is at the core of Heidi’s consulting philosophy.
Heidi is also the head of the executive search division at TW&B and serves as the liaison to Kittleman, a strategic partner of TW&B.
Heidi began her nonprofit career in marketing and public relations at several arts and cultural institutions, including NextMove Dance and the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, before she began her development career in public broadcasting. Heidi spent the majority of her career at the Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago as a chief development officer and eventually as the executive director. In her various fundraising roles, Heidi was able to recruit and build effective teams, work strategically with Boards, create efficient fundraising systems and processes, and ultimately increase fundraising results.
Heidi is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), a 1998 alumna of the Development Leadership Consortium, and a member of Women in Development Profession and the Illinois Federation of Music Teachers. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Dakota and a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield.