Term: 1/1/2018 – 12/31/2021
Council Member 2020-2021
Vice Mayor 2018-2019
Political Goals/Priority Issue
Heather is committed to applying her skills, energy, passion, and commitment to work with Charlottesville citizens and stakeholders to create an environment where everyone can flourish.
Her priorities include transparency and accountability in how the City is managed; safety and infrastructure throughout all transportation systems, neighborhoods, and schools; and economic progress and community equity that supports and connects the needs of families and businesses seeking to grow and thrive. She believes the City needs strong leaders who are committed to working collaboratively, taking responsibility, finding answers that the community seeks, and working with citizens to solve Charlottesville’s most complex issues.
Heather was raised in Watertown, New York where her mother taught in the public-school system and father worked much of his career in municipal government. She first moved to the Charlottesville area in 2003 and now resides in the city with her husband Jon and three young children.
Heather received her B.S. from Virginia Tech in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2000 where she was named the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior among over 900 students in recognition of academic achievement, extracurricular participation, leadership, and contribution to the advancement of the university. In 2007 she completed her MBA at the UVA Darden School of Business where the faculty awarded her the Samuel Forrest Hyde Memorial Fellowship which recognizes the student who contributes the most to the objectives of the school and shows the greatest promise for achieving a useful career.
Prior to serving on council, she worked professionally as an independent business consultant, brand manager, process analyst, and lead industrial engineer.
She has served multiple community leadership roles, including President of the North Downtown Residents Association, Building Committee Chair for the International School of Charlottesville, member of the Belmont Bridge Steering Committee, member of Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Board of Directors, and Marketing Chair for the Charlottesville Design House benefiting Shelter for Help in Emergency.