Heather is a program officer in the Environment Program’s oceans initiative, which works Chile, Mexico, Peru, Indonesia and the United States to make fishing the sustainability success story of the 21st century. Heather manages the foundation’s grantmaking in Indonesia, where we work closely with fishermen, industry leaders, local communities, the government and scientists to put in place the policies and practices that improve fisheries management and sustain fishing communities.
Prior to joining the foundation, Heather was an environment foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), most recently living and working in Indonesia as the deputy director of the USAID environment office. In that role, she oversaw a team responsible for the Agency’s investments in clean energy, climate adaptation, biodiversity conservation, forest conservation, 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 oversee projects 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.