Connie Cagampang Heller is Co-Director of Linked Fate Fund for Justice and Founder of Project Linked Fate.
She has collaborated with leading experts at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law Schools to design workshops and seminars for philanthropists and executives to disseminate research and strategies for addressing the effects of structural marginalization and societal implicit racial bias. She developed and co-authored, with UC Berkeley Professor john a. powell, the Systems Thinking and Race curriculum for The California Endowment. Building on this work, she has worked with groups ranging from a national coalition of organizations that organize families with incarcerated children to progressive philanthropic membership organizations to cultivate capacity to identify and design interventions to build structural opportunity and dismantle persistent social inequity.
She is a founding Advisory Board member of the American Values Institute, and serves on the Boards of Groundswell Fund for Reproductive Justice, Demos, Ella Baker Center and the Mario Savio Memorial Youth Awards.
When she is not organizing, Connie creates fabric collages to explore and reveal the complexity of race in America. Her fiber collages have been included in traveling exhibits with Fiber Artists for Hope, private collections, and collages from her series, “Seeing in Black and White: Missing The Delights in Between” and “White-not-White: Inside The House of Jim Crow ” are featured in Shakti Butler’s most recent film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, and most recently “Seeing in Black and White” was selected for the cover of Lani Guinier’s The Tyranny of Meritocracy.
She holds a Masters in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Anthropology from Columbia University, and completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and the University of California at Berkeley in Japanese Studies.