Engaging people and connecting resources to build stronger communities in Arkansas are part of Heather Larkin’s daily charge. As president and CEO of the Arkansas Community Foundation, a post she has held since 2008, Larkin has been decorated for exemplary contributions in the field of community philanthropy.
Under her direction, the foundation remains the pre-eminent resource for targeted philanthropy in the state, empowering donors to make informed giving decisions to maximize positive impact in communities across the state.
Leadership and achievement have always been Larkin’s calling cards. A multi-sport athlete at Hendrix College in Conway, she graduated with distinction in economics and business, then later from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where she was survey/comments editor for the UALR Law Journal.
Larkin engages community activism personally and serves or has served on the boards of Just Communities of Arkansas, Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation, Rotary Club 99 and Acansa Arts Festival. She also is a member of various organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock XIX and the first Leadership Arkansas class.
A recognized influencer in Arkansas, she was named a Hull Fellow in 2001 and attended the Hull Leadership Program, a program to nurture and inspire the Southeast’s next generation of philanthropic leaders. In 2005, she was selected as one of five Americans to be a Transatlantic Community Foundation Fellow.