Jeri Howland is a fundraising and non-profit strategy leader, an entrepreneur, and 7x Ironman champion who has racked up many ultramarathon wins in her off-season. She’s also a mom, grandmother, and wife. Jeri has just joined the Sonoma County-based Climate Center, that works to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas pollution at scale, starting in California, the 5th largest economy in the world, and a potential model for other states and countries! She served for eight years as Director of Development for Rainforest Action Network; she served as Chief of Advancement at Katherine Delmar Burke School for 13 years, and as the Chief of Development to improve education for underserved children at a college-prep charter school management group, Envision Schools, and an educational reform think tank, Partners in School Education. Most recently she has been fundraising consultant for: Academy Award documentary filmmaker Louie Psihoyos, Protect Our Winters (POW), Sun Valley Institute, and more. She’s drawn to missions that include climate change, human rights, education, farm and food, and she’s constantly on the go.
Prior to fundraising, she was involved in local food system work (San Francisco Bay Area) and teaching on an organic farm, at Putney School, in VT, her home state. She is the co-founder of San Francisco’s first “real” farmers market, sponsored by American Friends Service Committee in 1981. This market was the seedling of today’s popular farmers markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She also co-founded SLUG, San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, way back in the beginning of what we know today as the food sustainability movement. Jeri is founder and CEO of bungalow munch organic granola. It’s 100% organic, wheat-free and vegan. While she’s the finisher of 21 ironman triathlons, champion of 7, she’s proudest of her work/personal life balance act and never once thought to give up her activism!
Jeri has one daughter, a teacher in San Francisco and mom of two. She and her husband, Jerry Edelbrock, have split their time between their homes in the Wood River Valley, Idaho and Marin County, CA.