Heather is the Associate Publisher at DNAinfo.com, where she leads the sales and marketing teams and helps to direct initiatives across all departments.
She was part of the original DNAinfo launch team in 2009, when she first joined the organization as a politics reporter.
While she's always been an avid news consumer, Heather started her career in marketing, moving to New York City first to work for a division of Young & Rubicam advertising, before moving on to work in online marketing and business development for various Internet companies, including Toysrus.com, where she very much appreciated the "I don't want to grow up" company motto.
Eventually, this marketing expertise led to a job in event sponsorship and production, managing projects for the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Conde Nast, the broadcast debate series Intelligence Squared, and the City of New York, among other clients.
Heather took some time out of her tenure at DNAinfo in 2011 to launch MetroFocus, a news and culture website and TV show for WNET/Thirteen, NYC's local PBS station. While she loved her job as managing editor there, she missed DNAinfo too much, and rejoined the company in early 2012 to help get the Chicago office up and running. Shortly after that, she was promoted to Associate Publisher, where she gets to employ every skill she's ever learned in her educational and professional career.
Heather left her hometown of Oakland, Calif., to get a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University. She obtained a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Fun Fact: Heather was once, briefly, the co-proprietor of a Guatemala-based pants import/export company called "Siempre Sexy."