American Heart Association Announces Chelsea Reis as Development Director

The American Heart Association is proud to announce Chelsea Reis as Development Director in the Greater New Haven region. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke funding innovative research, fighting for stronger public health policies, and providing critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

As Development Director, Reis oversees two signature initiatives in Greater New Haven; Go Red for Women , the American Heart Association’s  signature women’s initiative focusing on women’s heart health, and Heart Challenge, which brings both corporate and community teams together to raise awareness and critical funding for cardiovascular diseases. Working alongside volunteer and corporate leaders, she will work to educate communities about their greatest health threats, heart disease and stroke and raise imperative funding to reduce health disparities across Connecticut.

“I’m so thrilled to use my experience and passion to help others to provide better heart health in Connecticut,” says Reis. “The American Heart Association has been providing educational resources and scientific research for close to one hundred years.  I am honored to work for an organization with so much history and impact.”

As an experienced fundraiser and passionate advocate, Chelse has developed long term collaborative partnerships with individuals, businesses, and community organizations in the nonprofit industry.  She was most recently the Advancement Director at Our Piece of the Pie, a nonprofit organization which empowers 14 to 24-year-old urban youth with the key competencies to overcome obstacles and barriers and succeed in education and employment.

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