Fields of Study: American Politics; Environmental Politics and Policy
About: Heather is a first year master's student with concentrations in American Politics and Policy and Public Administration. She obtained her B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University in 2000. For over 15 years, Heather has worked to improve the lives of marginalized community members of Larimer County in roles ranging from practitioner (case manager), to community organizer, to program administrator. Her advocacy work has focused on accessible mental health and substance abuse treatment, affordable housing, homelessness, and economic empowerment.
Heather currently works as Assistant Program Coordinator with the Family Leadership Training Institute of Colorado at CSU Extension, a civic literacy and community engagement initiative. She was appointed to the Colorado Children’s Trust Fund Board in November 2017 by Governor Hickenlooper, and is called to work with State staff and legislators on programs and policy preventing childhood sexual abuse. Her research interests include deliberative democracy practices, citizen participation, and social policy reform.
Heather has made Fort Collins her home for over 20 years with her husband and three children. She’s a proud lacrosse mom, lover of the outdoors, and fierce champion for social equity.