Heather began as an intern with Seventh Generation Fund in 2006 while attending Humboldt State University. Her interest in sacred site protection, environmental rights, and language prompted her involvement with the organization and a year later she joined the staff. After achieving her Bachelors with a degree in Sociology, her role continued and progressed as the Advancement Manager.
Third-generation born in the Americas, Heather’s paternal family comes from the Açores. She grew up in the foothills to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Calaveras County, California. The lasting historical impact and its enduring presence throughout the County's landscape made an impression on Heather at an early age. In addition to environmental justice endeavors; she believes in the advancement of human rights and the right for self-determination.