Heather Valdez, LCSW has been a consultant to nonprofit agencies since 2014. She primarily focuses on providing consultation to nonprofits working on mental health, community health, and those focusing on LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC populations. She specifically provides consultation including organizational development including program development, fund development (grant & contracts), committee development, board development, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, training and other special projects. She has had a superior success rate on small to multi-million dollar grants and contracts. She is also a Co-Founder & Board Officer of Sage Institute, an Oakland-based nonprofit agency that offers various programming including mental health, training and education, and research.

Current consulting clients include:

- Bay Area Community Services, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, San Mateo, & Sacramento Counties, CA

- Gender Health Center, Sacramento, CA

- Sage Institute, Oakland, CA (Co-Founder & Board Officer)

Previous consulting clients:

- Health Access, Sacramento, CA (statewide initiative with various other organizations)

- Speech Therapy Cambodia, Berkeley, CA (International focus)

- Harm Reduction Services, Sacramento, CA

Prior full-time grant writer for:

- Latino Health Access, Santa Ana, CA

Special Projects:

- Electronic Health Record development

- Cultural Responsiveness Committee development

- Training curriculum development

- Administrative systems development

- Quality Assurance protocols

Awarded grants from:

- Dr. Bronner's Family Foundation

- Orange County

- Alameda County

- CARES Foundation, Sacramento

- Sierra Health Foundation

- State of California Health and Human Services Agency

- California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity

- Dignity Health

- Kaiser Community Benefit

- The California Endowment

- Arbonne Foundation

- CalOptima

- Disney VoluntEARS Community Fund

- Healthcare Foundation of Orange County - Gold Fund for Health

- Susan G. Komen

- Marisla Foundation

- Marguerite Casey Foundation

- Orange County Community Foundation

- Pacific Life Foundation

- St. Joseph Health Community Partnership


- Union Bank

- United Healthcare

- United Way

- Wellpoint Foundation

- Carl & Roberta Duetsch Foundation

- Bank of America Housing Community Development

- Dell Foundation

- Hoag Community Benefit

- Kresge Foundation

- Ronald McDonald House Charities

- Weingart Foundation

- Sutter Health System