Heather Hiles

Heather Hiles

I have 20 years of experience using technology to help people optimize learning and employment outcomes. I am passionate about bringing to market the best digital portfolio in the world.

San Francisco, California, United States
Member since August 16, 2009
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1995 Yale University , MBA , Finance & Strategic Planning
1990 UC Berkeley , BA , Economics (Development Studies)
1991 CORO Foundation Fellow, Public Affairs
1986 Santa Barbara High , High School

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Ÿ  Founder of two for-profit businesses and two social enterprises.

Ÿ  Board member to one startup, with a current $20M valuation.

Ÿ  Twenty year’s experience creating K-12 and adult education solutions via direct service, large-scale program management, policy, grantmaking and governance positions.  

Ÿ  Fifteen+ years developing strategic and operational capacity of foundations, nonprofit organizations and financial institutions.

Ÿ  Consistently leveraging the best of private, political, media, policy, governmental, philanthropic and non-profit sector opportunities for all endeavors.

Ÿ  Extensive experience in board development, governance and group projects.

Ÿ  Constant application of strategic planning, analytical and critical-path thinking skills.

Ÿ  MBA from Yale School of Management, emphases in finance and strategic planning.

Ÿ  BA from UC Berkeley, international economics and development.

Ÿ  UC Berkeley honor’s thesis: Systemic Factors that Perpetuate the Achievement Gap in American Elementary Schools.


                 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE              

2009 – Present   Pathbrite Inc., San Francisco, CA

                           Founder / Chief Executive Officer & President

2007 – 2008        Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), Mountain View, CA

2001 – 2008        The Hiles Group, LLC, San Francisco, CA

                           Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ÿ  Provided strategic and operational planning; organizational development; program development and grantmaking initiatives for a variety of philanthropies including community, private, corporate and family foundations as well as individuals.

Ÿ  Individual clients from all top ten venture capital firms and c-level entrepreneurs from Microsoft, EBay, Google and numerous other companies.

Ÿ  Partial list of foundation clients: AT&T Pebble Beach Charities, The Christensen Fund, Corporation for Enterprise Development, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, JEHT Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Omidyar Foundation, Stupski Family Foundation, Tides Foundation.

Ÿ  Social venture capital / program related investment clients:  Pacific Community Ventures, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Mills Corporation, Pharos Capital, New Life Ventures Capital.

 2003                   Gavin Newsom for Mayor Campaign, San Francisco, CA

                           Communications Director, Author of Policy Papers

Ÿ  Prepared eight policy papers on small business development, resource development, education, sole-sourcing contracts, greening streets and more.

Ÿ  Contributed to briefs on economic development and financial health for working families.

Ÿ  Organized 20 press conferences, securing proactive press on candidate’s policies.

Ÿ  Prepared 35 questionnaires and talking points for various policy and political forums.

1999 – 2001        San Francisco EARN (Earned Asset Resource Network), San Francisco, CA

                           Cofounder and Chair of Planning Committee

Ÿ  Created vision and platform to offer 8,000 individual development accounts (IDAs) in San Francisco.

Ÿ  Garnered support of private, public, nonprofit and philanthropic leadership including: Citicorp, San Francisco City Hall and the San Francisco Foundation.

Ÿ  Raised initial $1M of operating funds.


1997 – 2001        San Francisco Works, San Francisco, CA

                           Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ÿ  Trained and placed 4,000 women into living wage jobs, in 12 sectors of industry.

Ÿ  Launched and managed nonprofit workforce development intermediary.

Ÿ  Grew operating budget from $0 to $10M per year, over 5 years.

Ÿ  Built collaborations among businesses, for-profit and community-based training organizations, public administrators and policy makers.

Ÿ  Incubated sectoral training programs serving over 250 businesses (12 industries including: high-tech, telecommunications, biotech, legal, auto repair).

Ÿ  Transitioned successful models into corporations, including UCSF.

Ÿ  Provided technical assistance to public and private sector agencies nationwide. 

Ÿ  Raised capital from over 100 corporate and private foundations.

1994 – 1997       Spectrem Group, San Francisco, CA

                           Creator and Manager, Affluent Market Practice

Ÿ  Built vertically integrated line of business ranging from market research to implementation consulting, focusing on high net worth clients; generated $2.5 million in revenue in first 2 years.

Ÿ  Played key role in building start-up business to point of being acquired.           

Ÿ  Designed Client Services Group for large national bank – customer-intimate approach for serving affluent clients, utilizing Personal Trust, Private Banking, Mutual Fund and other departments. 

Ÿ  Conducted feasibility study and oversaw conversion of 40 common trust funds with $9B under management to mutual funds for super-regional bank.  

Ÿ  Consultant, Investment Products Practice



1992 – 1993       Youth Employment Partnership, Oakland, CA\

1991                   Pacific Gas Transportation/PG&E Pipeline Expansion Project, San Francisco, CA

1987 – 1989        Break The Cycle Educational Program, Berkeley, CA

Chief Operating Officer