Heidi joined IEL in May of 2017. As a program associate for the Center for Workforce Development, she supports the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) and the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (VR Y-TAC).
Prior to joining IEL, Heidi interned for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, providing education research in chronic absenteeism, teacher shortages, and the workforce skills gap. She researched successful school improvement initiatives, funding strategies, and intervention models in efforts to narrow achievement gaps amongst student subgroups and skills gaps between local students and employers in her hometown of Sonoma County, Calif.
Heidi recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and a minor in Education. Interested in the intersection of economic development and educational equity, she concentrated her studies on the Role of Education in Economic Development. While at Berkeley, Heidi volunteered as a literacy mentor in afterschool programs at local elementary schools through the BUILD (Berkeley United in Literacy Development) program. Heidi also studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, where she studied the political economy of Central Europe.