Managing Director and Head of California Office
Los Angeles, CA
Heather advises companies on corporate and financial communications, crisis management, public affairs, litigation and media strategy. She has worked across a variety of industries, with particular expertise in tech, consumer brands and financial services. Heather’s crisis and issues management experience includes leading communications strategy for product issues, high-profile litigation and IP disputes, major disasters and airline crashes, cybersecurity attacks, and government investigations.
Additionally, Heather has helped clients develop CSR and diversity & inclusion programs, has worked with companies and their senior executives on corporate positioning and executive visibility, and counseled companies on change management related to M&A activity.
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 as a congressional staffer.
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.