Neal Hegarty is Mott’s vice president of Programs. He oversees grantmaking in the Foundation’s four program areas and works closely with both senior management and program staff in designing and implementing grantmaking strategies. Hegarty joined the Mott Foundation in 2000 as an associate program officer with the Flint Area team. He was promoted to program officer three years later, managing grant portfolios in the Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty programs. In 2008, he was named director of the Flint Area Program, and in 2011 he was named vice president and associate director of programs. In January 2012, he became Mott’s vice president of Programs.
Throughout his career, Hegarty has been an active and enthusiastic participant on many committees and boards, both in service to philanthropy as well as in Mott’s hometown of Flint. Currently, he serves as a trustee of the Foundation Center and is chair of the board of the Council of Michigan Foundations.
Hegarty holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Michigan State University. He takes great pleasure in helping guide and mentor current MPP students at Michigan State University through participation as a guest speaker and a supporter of the Capstone Research Forum. Before joining the Foundation, he was assistant director of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition in Lansing, Michigan. He has lived in three states and two countries, but has been proud to call the Flint area home for the past 15 years.