Harlem Educational Activities Fund Bolsters Leadership Team

Megan Campbell appointed Chief Development & External Relations Officer
Samantha Moreno appointed Chief Programs Officer


Harlem, New York – January 12, 2023 – Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) today announced two key appointments that bolster the organization’s leadership and help ensure HEAF can continue to close education and opportunity gaps for students from underserved communities. Megan Campbell joined HEAF as Chief Development & External Relations Officer in November 2022. Samantha Moreno joined HEAF as Chief Programs Officer in December 2022. They report to HEAF President & Chief Executive Officer Michael Johnson and serve on HEAF’s Leadership Team.

“Our HEAF Leadership Team is strengthened by the addition of Megan and Samantha and poised to plot a successful future for HEAF and our students,” said Michael Johnson, HEAF’s President & CEO. “Megan’s deep expertise building and successfully executing development strategies for nonprofit organizations that support families from underserved communities and Samantha’s expansive experience with college access program development uniquely position them both to drive meaningful, lasting impact at HEAF.”

As HEAF’s Chief Development & External Relations Officer, Megan Campbell leads the organization’s strategic development and fundraising, which allows HEAF to provide tuition-free academic enrichment, personal development, college and career exposure, access and success to students from underserved communities. She joined HEAF from nourish.NJ Inc, where she served as Chief Development Officer and grew the footprint and impact of the organization’s initiatives to address food insecurities through strategic major donor fundraising and planned, thoughtful annual and long-term development plans. Prior to that, Ms. Campbell was Development Director of Hour Children, and before that she was Executive Director of The Focus Forward Project. She holds a Master of Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, a JD from Cornell Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of the Holy Cross.

“I’m so proud to join Harlem Educational Activities Fund to lead Development and drive partnerships that will help ensure our students receive fair, equitable education and career opportunities,” said Megan Campbell, HEAF’s new Chief Development & External Relations Officer. “HEAF’s entire staff is singularly focused on bridging gaps for New York City students from underserved communities, and I look forward to helping grow our impact.”

HEAF’s new Chief Programs Officer Samantha Moreno is responsible for strategic direction and operations of the end-to-end programming for High Expectations (middle school), College Quest (high school), and Onward (college entrance, success and career support) across HEAF’s campuses in Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn. Ms. Moreno joins HEAF from Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), a like-minded peer college access organization, where she was for nearly a decade, most recently as Associate Director of Programs. Prior to that she worked within the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau on a High School curriculum. She is New York State licensed social worker and holds a Master of Social Work from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service and a Bachelor of Social Work from Iona University.

“Through its 11-year continuum of academic enrichment, personal development, college and career prep, access and success, Harlem Educational Activities Fund makes a real impact on New York City students, helping bridge academic and opportunity gaps beginning in middle school and continuing through high school and college, and into meaningful careers,” said Samantha Moreno, HEAF’s new Chief Programs Officer. “I am thrilled to join the HEAF Leadership Team, and look forward to working closely with our programs teams across Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens to ensure we continue to open doors to college and careers for our students.”

About HEAF:

Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is a high-impact supplemental education and youth leadership nonprofit that helps motivated New York City public school students from underserved communities become high-achieving college graduates. HEAF makes an 11-year commitment to students beginning in sixth grade – the fully-funded scholarship college access and career exposure program provides academic enrichment, personal development, career exposure, college prep and more. At HEAF, college is the rule. 100% of HEAF students graduate from high school and are accepted into college. For more information about HEAF visit http://www.heaf.org and follow us on LinkedIn at @HEAF, Inc., on Instagram at @HEAFNYC, and on Facebook @HEAFNYC.