Heidi is the founding Chief Operating Officer of Democracy.com, the new social platform for politics incubated at the Harvard Innovation Lab in 2011 with three of her classmates from the Harvard Kennedy School. Heidi established herself as a technology transformer when she led Mayor Gavin Newsom’s award winning 311 Customer Service Center project, a $20 million construction, technology and transformational government service establishing the foundation of the open government movement.
When she is not pondering performance metrics, leading a project team or unraveling infinite chaos, you will find Heidi playing in the sandbox of democracy. She has worked on five presidential campaigns and countless state and local races from Nebraska to New York City. She served as President of the nonpartisan San Francisco Women's Political Committee, the largest women's organization in the City. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Partnership Studies founded by Dr. Riane Eisler. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was awarded the Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Advancement of Women in Leadership.
A seeker of truth and student of infinite hope, she is determined to bring spiritual principles to politics, Heidi began a daily Vipassana-based meditation practice studying with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock over a decade ago. She has studied all manner of spiritual paths including Buddhist dharma, Ashtanga yoga, Native American spiritual traditions, Christian mysticism and Anglican dogma. For her, the Golden Rule is pretty much the whole point.