About

Hi! I’m Jordan and I am currently serving as the Education and Communications Coordinator for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Here, I engage K-12 students in various programming, which includes walking tours, Citizen Science water quality testing trips, and School Clean + Green stewardship outings. I also create and schedule content for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and assist with event planning and execution.

After graduating from Hofstra University in May 2017, I served as the Philanthropy Coordinator for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, where I supported a team of seven with various projects, mailings, and events in the individual giving, institutional giving, major gift, prospect research, and database realms. In the absence of the MGO, I spearheaded the 2017 year-end appeal and raised nearly $170,000. I also planned and executed various major donor and special events including “Meet the Scientists”, “ACT UP Portraits: Activists & Avatars”, and “The Fabulous Fund Fair”, an event in which I sold more than $100,000 in carnival tokens.

After graduating Cum Laude, I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and a minor in Psychology. I worked and interned in various industries, most recently for marketing team at Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). In months prior, I worked as a selected Social Media Volunteer for the 2016 Hofstra Presidential Debate and hosted a “Before The Flood” and “LA 92” Documentary Screening on behalf of National Geographic. Additionally, I spent a full year at Viacom with VH1 and Logo, beginning as an intern and leaving as a freelance press coordinator. My previous internship positions include working with Slightly Mad Marketing Agency, the Six Flags New England Marketing Department and The Mill On The River Restaurant Group. 

During my college years, I was an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society, and Zeta Phi Eta, Hofstra’s pre-professional communications fraternity, where I served as Recruitment Chair and Vice President. Additionally, I have completed more than 40 hours of public relations related volunteer work. Some of these volunteer assignments include assisting with the Hofstra Long Island Spelling Bee, LIA Luncheon with Jeb Bush, and Fair Media Council Folio Awards.

Please feel free to contact me at any time. My email is Jordan.heiden4@gmail.com.