Cory Heyman

Vice President & Senior Director, Education for Development Division

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Cory Heyman, Ph.D., joined Creative on Aug. 1, 2022, as the Vice President and Senior Director of the Education for Development Division. For three decades, Heyman has worked at the nexus of the private, public and nonprofit sectors, with a career focus on reducing poverty and increasing social mobility in the United States and around the world.

At Room to Read, from 2010 to 2016 he was the Chief Program Officer, followed by holding the post of Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of Room to Read Accelerator from 2016 to 2018. From 2007 to 2010, he was the Vice President and Deputy Director of the Center for Gender Equity at the Academy for Education Development (AED). Heyman stepped out of international development to be an owner of a franchise restaurant business that focused on providing healthy meals and employment skill development in south central Pennsylvania, which included two locations.

Heyman earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a B.A. in Political Economy and Industrial Societies with a concentration in Education Development in Developing Countries and M.P.P. from the University of California Berkeley.

He describes himself as a “cautious adventurer” who enjoys kayaking, hiking and powered paragliding.




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