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Heather Gawron Named Senior Director of Development for New England Public Media

Heather Gawron Joins New England Public Media

Springfield, MA (February 3, 2021) New England Public Media has tapped Heather Gawron to lead its fundraising division. As Senior Director of Development, Gawron will oversee the non-profit media organization’s fundraising efforts, including grants, on-air fundraising campaigns, and its planned and major giving programs, contributing to the organization’s overall budget of $10 million. Heather will also lead NEPM’s targeted fundraising effort for programming and endowment.

“I am very excited to have Heather join our team. She arrives at a very important time for NEPM as we work to expand our journalism, education, music, engagement and multicultural programming, and create new content that will serve a more diverse and a younger audience,” said Martin Miller, President of New England Public Media.

Heather has worked for a decade as a development professional, most recently at American International College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she was Executive Director of Institutional Advancement. During her tenure at AIC, Heather was an engine for growth, strengthening and expanding the College’s alumni engagement program on a national scale. Her stewardship work with alumni yielded remarkable growth in engagement of the alumni base and landed one of the largest-ever single donations made to AIC. 

Prior to AIC, Heather worked for Alstom University, headquartered in Paris, France, and helped launch five international corporate university campuses across Europe and Asia.

“As I make the transition from higher education to the arts and public media, I am looking forward to impacting our next generation of learners and leaders,” said Heather. “Providing an opportunity for growth through giving and engagement is more important now than ever.”

New England Public Media is a community-supported, independent non-profit organization based in Springfield, MA.Through a deep commitment to independent local journalism, trusted educational content, inspired cultural offerings, and civic engagement, NEPM endeavors to share new voices and inspire new conversations. It provides audiences with a broad array of local and national programs across all media—TV, radio, online, and mobile, including PBS and NPR programs as well as locally produced series, podcasts and specials. Its four digital TV channels, and two radio networks present news, jazz and classical music, documentaries, talk, drama, plus cultural and educational programming.

NEPM brings quality public television programs to audiences across western New England, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs, to hear diverse viewpoints, and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS KIDS helps children build critical literacy, math and social-emotional skills, enabling them to find success in school and life. NEPM's locally produced television programming includes the magazine-format public affairs show Connecting Point, the bilingual series Presencia, and the academic quiz show As Schools Match Wits. NEPM is available over the air on digital channel 57-1 and on cable throughout western Massachusetts and northwestern Connecticut and can be seen in high definition in western Massachusetts at Comcast 857, Time Warner 1221, Spectrum 782, and over the air on channel 57. Where to Watch

New England Public Media's radio presence provides an essential and trusted voice for the region through local reporting and locally-produced music programming, and by connecting the region to the world through its partnership with NPR and other national and international public media organizations. Its flagship signal, 88.5FM WFCR, and 5 repeating stations in Berkshire County, presents news, jazz, and classical music, while the six stations of the NEPM News Network provide the region with news, talk, and cultural programming 24/7.

Vanessa Cerillo
Senior Director, Marketing, Communications and Events
New England Public Media


Vanessa has overseen marketing and events at NEPR, now NEPM, since 2008. She is also the co-producer of Valley Voices Story Slam and host of the Valley Voices podcast and radio show. Before she moved back to western Massachusetts to work at her hometown public radio station, Vanessa spent time working in the fashion industry in New York City, and in non-profits and public media in Boston. She lives with her family in Gill, MA.