Michelle Pagano Heck

President and Owner of Nonprofit Talent, the Pittsburgh region’s leading nonprofit executive search firm, Michelle Pagano Heck works with the social sector to improve the capacity of organizations through transition management and executive recruitment. Mission-driven, Michelle listens to the needs of clients and works as a partner with organizations to fulfill their vision.

Prior to launching Nonprofit Talent in 2013, Michelle was Senior Consultant with Dewey & Kaye. Previously, Michelle worked as the Executive Director of WQEDfm, Community Relations Director of WQED Multimedia, Director of Development for the Children’s Home, Director of Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society, and various other positions of leadership in the nonprofit community. In addition to her background as a strategy consultant and talent recruiter, Michelle was the Assistant Director of Admissions for Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and a school counselor at St. Andrew’s School in Florida.

A 2019 Pittsburgh Women of Influence Award recipient, Michelle serves as an Alumni Board member of The College of Wooster, an Advisory Board member of Humane Animal Rescue and is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations (PANO). She is a guest lecturer at The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and various associations and organizations.

Michelle graduated from the College of Wooster and received her Master’s Degree from The University of Pittsburgh, where she is also a PhD candidate. She lives in Mt. Lebanon, PA with her husband and daughter as well as Harley and Chloe, the rescue pups.

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