Managing Director and Head of California Office
Los Angeles, CA
Heather advises clients on media strategy, strategic communications and crisis management. She has counseled clients from a variety of industries, ranging from Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley startups, to nonprofits, celebrities and the entertainment industry.
Heather’s crisis management experience including leading communications strategy for consumer product issues, high-profile litigation, cybersecurity attacks, major disasters and airplane crashes, and government investigations.
She has helped clients develop CSR initiatives, and has worked with companies and their senior executives on corporate positioning and executive visibility. Additionally, she serves as communications advisor to Project Include, a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in the tech sector.
Heather previously ran the San Francisco office of Abernathy MacGregor. Prior to joining Abernathy MacGregor, Heather was an executive vice president at Weber Shandwick, where she led its West Coast corporate communications and crisis management practice. Heather was instrumental in crafting the agency’s digital crisis management protocol and led crisis and media trainings across the globe. Before beginning her career in crisis management and communications, she was a journalist for a number of news outlets, most recently with CBS MarketWatch. Heather began her career on Capitol Hill where she worked for a member of Congress from Florida’s Space Coast.
Heather graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in political science and received her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism.