Heide Lester

Development Director


In her role as Development Director, Heide leads EqualityMaine’s fundraising efforts, securing support to protect and advance full equality for all LGBTQ+ Mainers. 

Prior to her tenure at EqualityMaine, she spent time in the tech sector working with a variety of nonprofits, focusing particularly on high-touch fundraising. Heide previously held fundraising positions at Maine Public, Tri-County Mental Health Services, and Bates College.

She holds a B.A. in History and in German Studies from Wellesley College, studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and received a Certificate in Fundraising from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in the foothills of Western Maine with her wife and children.

Why we list our pronouns

Names aren’t the only way we refer to people. We share our gender pronouns and encourage you to do the same. Gender pronouns are the way you like to be referred to: she, her, hers; they, them, theirs; he, him, his; or something else. We share these because we do not want to assume another person’s gender. 

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