Jeannie Howell


Creative strategist. Community engager. Connector of dots. Social impact warrior. Human Pandora station.

Jeannie is a Director at Third Plateau, where she infuses her creativity and strategic thinking with her knowledge and experience in the social sector.

Jeannie began her career in the social sector 15 years ago, after pursuing a career as professional singer/songwriter and performer. Her passion for music and inspiring others easily translated into a deep love and commitment to the social sector.  She has worked at various nonprofits, managing and developing programs, events, and fund development strategies. In 2011, Jeannie landed at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, where she was the Director of Nonprofit Ventures and Strategic Impact. Her work included the development of several key strategic initiatives around expanding philanthropy and fostering a thriving creative economy. Jeannie provided leadership in grantmaking, community engagement, and nonprofit capacity building.

Jeannie was also the co-creator of Sacramento’s largest celebration of philanthropy, Big Day of Giving, which in its 6th year, has collectively raised over $30 million for area nonprofits. Her leadership efforts expanded the program into a year-long capacity building program providing extensive training, coaching, mentorship programs, and connection for the entire nonprofit community.

In 2018, Jeannie made the leap to consulting. Her firm advised foundations, donors, and nonprofits on grantmaking, development strategy, giving days, and board development.

When she’s not working to improve the world with Third Plateau, Jeannie has also served on a variety of nonprofit boards, including Friends of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento Mandarins, and DBA Arts. Jeannie is an active local musician in the Sacramento area, where she lives with her husband, and their 11-year-old Shih Tzu, Merlin. She spends a lot of her free time obsessing about music, road tripping with friends, and finding ways to interject Harry Potter references into everyday conversations.