Heather has been a “professional Jew” since 2008. She previously worked as an engagement and program professional for Santa Cruz Hillel and Hillel at Stanford. At Stanford, Heather was the Director of Undergraduate Engagement for 1 year, following her four years as Jewish life associate and Director of Camp Kesem, a year-round community and week-long summer camp for the children of cancer patients. In October 2015, Heather moved to Seattle, where she was Jewish Engagement Lead at the Jewish Federation of Seattle.
Heather holds BA’s in Creative Writing and History, as well as an MA in History from UC Santa Cruz. Heather also holds a graduate certificate in Jewish education from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Heather’s writing has appeared in eJewishPhilanthropy, Huffington Post Religion, the Hillel International blog, and Santa Cruz Good Times Weekly. She has also performed her creative pieces on stage and on live radio. Follow Heather on Twitter, and add her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
In her spare time Heather volunteers as a counselor and grief group facilitator for children and teens facing parent loss and long-term parent illness, and she is the Staff Wellness Director for Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp. Heather also enjoys knitting, puns, Jewish literature, meaningful conversations, dancing, museums, tie-dying everything, and walking in beautiful places with her husband, Joseph, and labradoodle, Gulliver. Heather and Joseph love museums so much that they got married in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, where they were surrounded by friends, family, and dinosaurs. Heather is excited to join Hillel International’s Talent team as the Springboard Fellowship Manager.