Celebrating Our New Program Directors, Heather Mannix and Heather Reiff!


Nov 19, 2021


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We are excited to announce the promotion of Heather Mannix and Heather Reiff to COMPASS’s leadership team as Director of Science Solutions and Director of Trainings, respectively. 

“Both have been an important part of COMPASS for many years and have been instrumental in strengthening our efforts to help science leaders step into their purpose. Heather Reiff and Heather Mannix are generous and thoughtful collaborators, with the vision to lead COMPASS’s work into the future.” – Amanda Stanley, Executive Director of COMPASS

Heather Reiff joined COMPASS in 2011 and has since played a role in nearly every aspect of COMPASS’s work, from policy engagement to brand design. Under her leadership, the Trainings team has found creative ways to make COMPASS more accessible to a larger audience and developed new workshops to meet scientists’ evolving needs. 

“I am thrilled to step into leading the Trainings Program with such an amazing group of colleagues by my side. Our team has really evolved and expanded over the past year to include such an exciting mix of experience and expertise. We are actively innovating our trainings to reach broader and more diverse communities in our effort to inspire equitable and just solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss. Check back soon for announcements about what’s to come!” – Heather Reiff

Since joining COMPASS in 2014, Heather Mannix has worked with scientists and decision-makers at all levels to facilitate constructive discussion and bring science and evidence into policymaking. Her experiences in both trainings and facilitating collaboration between scientists and key communities will help inform future programs designed to uncover and advance evidence-based solutions for the wellbeing of people and nature.

“I am excited to be stepping into the Director of Science Solutions role at COMPASS. Since my first interaction with COMPASS over a decade ago, I’ve been a huge believer in the unique and important mission of the organization. I’ve gotten to see firsthand how supporting scientists to share their work and to step forward and lead, contributes to better decision making and positive change. More than ever, there is a need for scientists to be confident and authentic participants in decision-making. I’m looking forward to continuing to innovate with this awesome team on this work.”  – Heather Mannix

In addition to leading their respective programs, they will also be working closely with our board members and the remainder of our leadership team, providing guidance, input, and creative thinking to ensure our work consistently aligns with our mission and values.

We hope you will join us in congratulating them!

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