Jeri Howland joins SVI as our Senior Advisor for Development. Her fundraising success runs across a 30-year history. Prior to SVI, Jeri served for eight years as Director of Development for Rainforest Action Network; she served as Chief of Advancement at Katherine Delmar Burke School for 13 years, and as the Chief of Development to improve education for underserved children at a college-prep charter school management group, Envision Schools, and an educational reform think tank, Partners in School Education. She’s drawn to missions that included climate change, human rights, education, farm and food.
SPEAKING OF FOOD, prior to fundraising, she was involved in local food system work (San Francisco Bay Area) and teaching on an organic farm, at Putney School, in VT, her home state. She is the co-founder of San Francisco’s first “real” farmers market, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee in 1981. This market was the seedling of today’s popular farmers markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-founded SLUG, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, way back in the beginning of what we know today as the food sustainability movement. And while she’s the finisher of 21 ironman triathlons, champion of 7, she’s proudest of her food work!
Jeri has one daughter, a teacher in San Francisco and new mom. She and her husband, Jerry Edelbrock, have been part-time residents of the Wood River Valley for nearly 30 years. They’re regulars on the Harriman Trail and hiking up Baldy!