Heather EbnerBack to People

Department: Development Office
College appointment: Development Director (Interim)
Phone: 01865 286682


Heather Gelles Ebner holds a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College in New York. She began her career in finance before taking up the reins as Director of Planned Giving for her alma mater.

In 2008, after a decade of fundraising for Higher Education in the U.S., Heather came to Oxford setting up a new Development Office for the recently merged Green-Templeton College and later leading an ambitious campaign as Development Director and Fellow at University College (Univ). She has provided consultancy advice and mentoring to more than ten Colleges and departments within the University of Oxford.

Role in the College

Heather serves the College as Development Director, working closely with Magdalen’s most generous and loyal supporters. She oversees all of Magdalen’s fundraising strategy and development, including campaign planning, and is responsible for all major and principal gift philanthropic relationships. In addition, she heads up a wonderfully enthusiastic Development team.