Heidi’s life experiences as a sixth-generation non-Indigenous Montanan led her to pursue a life of creating positive change in individuals and institutions as an active ally and oppression interrupter. Heidi is a graduate of the University of Montana with degrees in Social Work and Native American Studies. In 2010 she was honored with the Native American Studies Distinguished Alumni Award. Heidi has been with EmpowerMT since 2007 and has served as Executive Director since 2013. A skilled facilitator, consultant, and educator, Heidi has a 20-year history of building regional and national strategic partnerships to foster innovation, elevate leadership, and inspire action in racial equity, diversity, access, inclusion, and coalition building. Heidi serves on the Board of Trustees for the PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement and other social justice-focused coalitions, and advisory boards.