Heather Masaki

Director of Grants Operations
Born and raised on O’ahu, Hawai’i, Masaki brings experience in feminist activism and research, community engagement, and fundraising for women’s rights and social change organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies from San Diego State University, and a Master’s in Development Studies from the University of Auckland. Masaki’s thesis research focused on the intersections of gender, climate change, and transnational Pacific Island communities. Prior to joining Thousand Currents, she supported a feminist research project exploring gender inequality in the Pacific Islands through the lens of local marketplaces. Previously, Masaki worked at the Global Fund for Women, where she focused on donor stewardship and grant writing as well as roles at Making Contact/International Media Project, and UpsideDowns Education Trust. Masaki enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly when that entails being in or near the ocean. She is an avid traveler, reader, and information seeker, and a proud auntie to two adorable nephews.