Heather has over 20 years of leadership experience in recruiting, talent acquisition, and executive search, with the last 13 years focused on local government. She leads executive searches for the firm, where she is known for her thoroughness as well as engendering trusting relationships with both the client and candidate while providing exceptional customer service throughout the process.
Heather has conducted over 65 searches in the public sector. She has delivered positive search outcomes for dozens of high profile public organizations and is an expert at guiding strategy and tailoring outreach to find even the most niche candidates. Heather has successfully recruited for city and county managers and administrators, deputy and assistant managers, human resources, finance, community and economic development, public safety, parks and recreation, public works, and many more local government professionals. In addition, she has led numerous executive-level searches in the social/nonprofit sector and recruited leadership positions for technology, creative, accounting, and finance professionals in the private sector.
In addition to executive recruitment, Heather has experience supporting organizational effectiveness. She is known for providing effective leadership development and contributing to employee growth and development initiatives. Heather has advised individuals and small groups on career transition and job search strategies. Topics include knowledge and skill assessment, resume development, LinkedIn, networking, interview preparation, and salary and offer negotiation. Heather has also completed several leadership evaluations and performance reviews for local government leaders.
Heather has a passion for supporting diversity and innovation in the public sector. She served as an early Advisory Board Member for ELGL and remains an active and involved member in support of their mission of engaging the brightest minds in local government. In addition, Heather has served as a recurring speaker and presenter at the Northwest Women’s Leadership Academy (NWWLA) in support of advancing women into leadership roles from a variety of backgrounds in local government.