Heidi has 20 years of expertise working across the international public health and development sectors managing projects and high-visibility partnerships that integrate community-based, user-centered approaches to support complex systems, build capacity, and foster hyper-local solutions.
While her career began in communications as photo editor for Doctors Without Borders then UNICEF, her experience grew to focus on user-engaged process for technology adaptation in limited resource settings. She has led projects funded by USAID, BMGF, and The Rockefeller Foundation to incorporate digital interventions for health system strengthening, improved digital ecosystems, social behavior change, and integration of AI/ML tools in emerging markets for precision data use. Heidi served as a Digital Health Advisor for Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for 10 years, and was the user-centered design strategy lead at Johns Hopkins Social Innovations Lab while completing her masters in Social Design from MICA. She is currently leading design and implementation of a two-year, multi-country $5 Million USD technical and social behavior change project for PATH's Digital Square initiative.
From her experience leading EYE SEE children's photography workshops with UNICEF in West Africa and a decade as a freelance documentary photographer, Heidi founded Photo Story Workshop in 2019. The workshops offer a creative, low-cost way to engage children's social-emotional wellbeing through arts integrated programming to build voice and promote positive community-led social change. Photo Story Workshop is a recipient of the MICA Up/Start venture capital award.
Heidi earned an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College focused on the intersections between post-colonialism, cultural anthropology and media theory; a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The New School for Social Research; and a Master of Arts in Social Design from MICA. She is also a mama of two kids and a puppy, paleo baker, gut-biome investigator, swimming-hole finder, and world traveler with 50 countries spread across a few passports.