Heather joined the Food Law and Policy Clinic in January 2023. Prior to joining FLPC, she served as a Deputy Legal Director for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, providing programmatic, legal, strategic, and ethical guidance to Legal Aid’s team of consumer and housing law attorneys who work to preserve safe and affordable housing and protect economically vulnerable consumers’ limited income and assets. Before that, she was a supervising attorney in the Housing and Consumer Law Units, where she mentored, coached, and supervised law students and attorneys providing direct legal services to underserved individuals and community organizations.
Heather’s current portfolio focusses on increasing access to affordable, safe, and healthy foods. She works to advance innovative measures and policy improvements related to governmental nutrition assistance programs, integrating nutrition services into food systems, reducing domestic and international food waste, and promoting the recovery of safe and wholesome food.
Heather is passionate about creating a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable food system and she especially enjoys working in partnership with underserved communities. She is currently completing her Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School Law. She received her B.A. in political science and her J.D. from the University of Montana, both with honors. Heather is an active member of the District of Columbia Bar.