Heather is a senior program officer with the Environment Program, leading the foundation’s Oceans initiative, which promotes sustainable management of fisheries in order to protect ecosystems and build economically thriving coastal communities.
Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was a foreign service officer with the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID). Heather served as the Deputy Director of USAID’s environment office in Jakarta, Indonesia, responsible for the Agency’s investments in marine and forest conservation, clean energy, climate adaptation and clean water and sanitation. Prior to that, Heather was a technical advisor for USAID Washington's Global Health Bureau, working across Africa and Asia to design and manage USAID investments integrating family planning, health and environmental conservation.
Heather has master’s degrees in marine affairs and public affairs from the University of Washington and more than 17 years of experience in conservation and international development.