Heather is Managing Director of Koya Leadership Partners, a nationally recognized and innovative retained search firm committed to connecting exceptional candidates with high impact institutions. At Koya, Heather is deepening the firm’s work across multiple sectors, advancing women’s leadership, and is developing a “Purposeful Engagement” practice providing clients with strategies for increasing their impact, and strengthening their culture, reputation and effectiveness.
Heather brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience creating and leading innovative and successful programs and initiatives for both large institutions and entrepreneurial ventures. She has expertise in public affairs, including media and communications, marketing sponsorships, charitable giving and government relations.
Throughout her career, Heather has been widely recognized as a leader in fostering advancement for women, and recently served as an adviser to Harvard’s Institute of Politics on the expansion of their program on Women in Leadership. Most recently, Heather served as Principal of Mount Vernon Strategies, where she developed strategies for building meaningful corporate engagement in the public arena.
In 2014, Heather was appointed CEO of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, after serving for over 10 years on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Prior to that, Heather spent 15 years in financial services, first as Executive VP for Corporate Affairs at Citizens Financial Group, where she served on the Executive Management Committee. She later co-founded and led the development of ableBanking, a successful direct online savings division for Northeast Bancorp, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer.
For nearly two decades, Heather held key administrative positions at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, helping to build the School’s Center for Business and Government, serving as the School’s Director of Public Liaison, later as Director of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum and Associate Director of the Institute of Politics.