Nathaniel Heller is a leading practitioner and social entrepreneur in the open government and government accountability fields, working for nearly two decades with civil-society and public-sector champions to leverage transparency and citizen engagement as drivers of development outcomes.
Appointed in February 2017 as Results for Development’s executive vice president for integrated strategies, he oversees the organization’s practice areas that cut across disciplines, such as governance and citizen engagement, adaptive learning and evaluation, adapting and scaling up innovation, and initiatives aimed at increasing access to vital products or services in education, health and nutrition. Mr. Heller oversees and contributes to strategy development, partner and donor relations, thought leadership, and programmatic and research design efforts. Previously, he was a managing director, overseeing the organization’s governance and social accountability program.
Before joining R4D in 2015, Mr. Heller co-founded and led Global Integrity, a nonprofit organization that promotes government transparency and accountability worldwide. As executive director, he led the organization from its founding in 2005 through a period of intensive growth that saw Global Integrity established as an international leader on anti-corruption and governance issues. In addition to developing innovative methodologies for measuring public sector integrity systems in this nascent field, Mr. Heller designed and established the OpenGov Hub, the world’s first open government-themed co-working community with locations in Washington, DC and Kathmandu. He also created an emerging markets research company servicing consulting firms and hedge funds (Foglamp Research) that was spun off from Global Integrity in 2013, and a software-as-a-service research platform, Indaba, that was sold in 2015.
Mr. Heller also served at the U.S. Department of State and focused on European political and military affairs; as a fellow at the Center for Public Integrity reporting on public sector accountability and ethics; and as a foreign policy fellow for Senator Edward Kennedy.
Mr. Heller holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BA in international relations and Spanish literature from the University of Delaware. He is fluent in English and Spanish.