Heydi Foster-Breslin

Heydi Foster Breslin

Heydi Foster-Breslin is the Chief Executive Officer of Misean Cara, an Irish development agency with an annual budget of €16 million that supports missionary development work in over 50 of the poorest countries around the world. Prior to this Heydi was the CEO at Exchange House National Travellers Service. Originally from Guatemala, Heydi has extensive experience across countries in advocating for human rights and providing social services to minority groups, including children, women, refugees and internally displaced people and members of the Traveller, Latino, African-American, Sinti and Roma communities. In inner city Boston she was Assistant Principal and co-founder of a school that addresses the educational needs of refugees and Latino and African-American children. In Central America and Brazil she developed projects to address the health needs of sex workers. She was also CEO of Women United in Action, a non-profit which supports refugees and migrant women and children in the USA. Heydi is a Board member of Dochas, the association of Irish Non-Governmental Development Organisations. She has a B.A. in Economics and Education from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, a Masters in Non Profit Management from Cambridge College (Massachusetts) and a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.