Andrea Bretting

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HEFN Position: 
Steering Committee Member
Andrea Bretting joined the Claneil Foundation in 2008, bringing with her many years of experience with local, national and international nonprofits. She began her career in Philadelphia as a community social worker. While living in Berlin, Germany, she worked for the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, a foundation that addresses anti-Semitism and furthers the development of a democratic civil society. Before joining the Claneil Foundation, she was an associate director at the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Currently, Andrea serves on the board of Action Reconciliation/Service for Peace, and is a member of several advisory groups. As a DAAD fellow of the German Academic Exchange Program, she earned her BA/MA in Social Work in Cologne, Germany. Andrea also holds a MA in International Development from American University in Washington, DC. She lives in Philadelphia.
My Grantmaking Focus Is On: 

The Claneil Foundation supports effective individuals and organizations who are committed to improving the health of families and communities through advancements in health and human services, a sustainable food system, education, and the protection of our environment. As an active family foundation, sustained family engagement is a key element of our operations. 

What Drew Me Into HEFN Leadership: 

I was drawn to HEFN Leadership because I liked the spirit of active engagement with other funders. I noticed a culture of thoughtful collaboration and appreciated the willingness to challenge and be challenged. I was impressed with the consistent and smart leadership the HEFN staff and steering committee showed in educating the philanthropic community about the many critical issues related to hydrofracking.

I See the HEFN Community Making a Difference: 

In its commitment to invite the philanthropic community, other affinity groups, and non-profit partners to work on the many intersections of health and environment so that innovative ideas, diverse leadership, and better grantmaking can occur. 

When I'm Not at Work You Might Find Me: 

Hiking in the Wissahickon Valley Park which is part of Philadelphia's 10,500-acre park system, one of the largest urban park systems in the world.  

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