Jeannie Howell

Senior Director

Creative strategist. Community engager. Powerful questioner. Human Pandora station.

Jeannie Howell is a Senior Director and Executive Coach at Third Plateau, where she leads leadership development and strategy projects for clients by combining her creativity with her deep knowledge and experience in the social sector. Jeannie also works with the Executive Coaching team at Third Plateau providing a supportive and transformative space for one-on-one executive coaching, as well as training for groups and teams.

Jeannie began her career in the social sector 16 years ago, after pursuing a career as a musician. Her passion for music and inspiring others easily translated into a deep love and commitment to social impact work. She has worked at various nonprofits, providing leadership on operations, programs, and 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 is also the co-creator of Sacramento’s largest celebration of philanthropy, Big Day of Giving, which has collectively raised over $30 million for the region’s nonprofits. Her leadership efforts expanded the program into a year-long capacity building program providing extensive training, coaching, mentorship programs, and connection for nonprofits in the Sacramento region.

After a nearly 8-year stint at the Foundation, Jeannie made the leap to consulting as the Founder and CEO of Chorus/Bridge Consulting. Her firm advised foundations, donors, and nonprofits on grantmaking, fundraising, leadership development, nationwide giving days, and board development.

Jeannie has a B.S. in Organizational Leadership specializing in nonprofit management and received her coaching credentials from the Co-Active Training Institute in San Rafael, CA. She also is a certified practitioner of the Leadership Circle Profile. Jeannie has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and is an active local musician in the Sacramento area, where she lives with her husband and their dog, Merlin. She spends a lot of her free time obsessing about music, reading tarot, and dreaming of her next trip to the ocean.