LOCATION / North Carolina
Heather Graham joined Oak Foundation as the Director of the Learning Difference Programme in December 2017. She comes from Education First, a US-based education policy and strategy consulting firm, where she led teams that provided strategic planning, policy analysis, advocacy, and research support to foundations, policymakers, and non-profits. In that role, she partnered with Oak's LDP on the development of its current strategy and outcomes framework.
Heather has previously served as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on education policy, as a Vice President with Teach For America, a White House Fellow with the Domestic Policy Council, and a Program Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Heather spent a year in Chengdu, China as a Henry Luce Scholar. She began her career as a teacher in New York City with Teach For America. Heather earned an M.A. in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a B.A. with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Heather lives in Durham, NC with her husband and their two children where she teaches yoga in her spare time.
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