Hello! My name is Heidi (she/her) and I serve as the Director at the Harvard College Women's Center. I am responsible for the leadership of the Center, which includes strategic development, operational management, financial planning, program development, and alumni relations. In addition, I serve as a resource for pregnant students and I work collaboratively with Center-affiliated student groups to advise them on strengthening visibility and to assist them in the creation, implementation and evaluation of an array of programming that raises awareness of women’s issues and promotes gender equity. In these capacities I works to enhance the higher education experience for all students and create inclusive campuses where students can continue to push the boundaries of intellectual thought and have a positive impact in their communities and beyond.
In the community, I combine my passion for languages, advocating for immigrants, and empowering women by volunteering with Found in Translation, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps low-income multilingual women with medical interpreter certification and career advising. I pursue my dedication to youth empowerment by serving on the Town of Belmont Youth Commission leading our Vote16+ campaign to lower the voting age in local elections. Outside of work and advocacy I enjoy camping and kayaking with my family, including my four-year-old daughter, and netflixing and chilling with my partner. I am also an avid crafter and enjoy taking on complicated sewing projects.
I'm originally from Washington State, and have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington and a Masters of Arts degree from Lesley University in Intercultural Relations and International Higher Education. I recently completed a certificate in organizational behavior from the Harvard Extension School and a certificate training on Restorative Justice. I've been at Harvard College since 2012 and my previous roles include the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.
"She's great at organizing chaos!" -Mom