Get to know our leadership


james howard | director of finance

James Howard is the Director of Finance at CDP. He was hired in August 2018 to help stand up the company and oversee its finance and accounting functions.

James has over 15 years of experience in these types of roles and has fulfilled them at both large non-profits and small, privately held companies. The first half of his career was spent with PriceWaterhouseCoopers working on SOx compliance and process optimizations. That was followed by a stint at Boston University’s internal audit department which led to his six years running the clinical finances of the BU Dental School. Prior to CDP, James served as Controller at StrataDx, a private pathology laboratory in Lexington.

James was born and raised in Southwest Ohio, but considers Boston his true home since he's spent the last 13+ years here.  He received his Bachelors in Accountancy at Miami University (Oxford, OH) in 2005 and Masters of Education from Boston University in 2011. He loves all things sports as he grew up playing every one imaginable. Even though his roots are in Cincinnati his heart lies with the Pats and Sox. He even spent a number of years as an amateur bowler (10-pin, not this "candle pin" rendition that he's discovered since moving to Boston). He loves being outdoors, especially backwoods camping with zero frills and no signs of civilization. He lives in Waltham with his wife, Francesca, their nine year old Beagle-mix, Tessie, and their three year old son, Aidan. 


brooks heckner | director of partner services

Brooks Heckner is CDP’s Director of Partner Services. Brooks and his team manage the research, development and execution of a portfolio of turn-key marketing and fundraising services available to CDP member stations that are proven to help increase net revenue.

Brooks began his career with McDonald’s Corporation in the Baltimore-Washington region helping local franchise owners with the execution and promotion of national marketing and public relations initiatives at the local level. A relocation to Boston in 2006 prompted a move to the agency-side of the business joining the team at Mercury Marketing. Working in client-service and project management roles for several years, Brooks was responsible for the successful execution of direct mail and email campaigns for clients such as CVS/pharmacy, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Johnson & Johnson, PODS, and Olympia Sports.

The combination of client service, project management and federated marketing experience was a natural fit for CDP, where Brooks joined in 2013, as CDP began to increase their station services. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland.



cate twohill | director of strategic solutions

Cate Twohill is CDP's Senior Director of Strategic Solutions ensuring best-in-class technology, tools and platforms are identified and available to meet public media's unique fundraising needs. For more than 30 years, Cate has lead the creation and implementation of solutions designed to help public media organizations engage with their constituents and secure their financial, philanthropic support.

 Cate began her career at WGBH in fundraising operations before joining the Public Broadcasting Service in both Development and Information Technology roles.  From there, she joined Beaconfire Consulting where she advised enterprise-level nonprofit organizations as they evaluated and selected new fundraising CRMs.  Cate returned to WGBH in 2012 to guide the conversion to the Salesforce platform and continue her work in the advancement and adoption of new fundraising tools.

 Cate works closely with CDP's professional services team to help public media stations implement and leverage a proven technology ecosystem.  She also oversees the broad deployment of marketing automation tools and advises the technical team behind CDP’s Member Services Bureau providing data-driven marketing technology and services to dozens of public media stations, nationwide. Cate holds a B.S. in Communication from the University of New Haven and is a certified Salesforce administrator.