Heather Harding’s professional career has spanned classroom teaching, professional development, and empirical research. As senior vice president of Community Partnerships at Teach For America, Heather oversees the organization’s partnership work in the areas of policy, research, community engagement, and special initiatives in early childhood education and STEM. Having begun her career as a Teach For America corps member in rural North Carolina, she served as executive director of the eastern North Carolina region in the mid-nineties. Heather has held numerous practitioner roles in organizations including the Boston Plan for Excellence, Citizen Schools, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and KIPP. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her dissertation documented the work of four successful White urban middle school teachers. Heather previously led the Research partnerships team at TFA where she increased the volume of independent research on the program’s impact, built new alliances with the teacher education community, and developed systems for communicating impact and equipping staff with accurate research information. A trained journalist, Heather attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and retains her love of investigative research and artful writing. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.
Senior Vice President, Community Partnerships, Teach for America