Heidi, her husband P.T., and their young son Lincoln, make their home on the near east side of Madison. Professionally and as a volunteer, Heidi has worked tirelessly to improve our community and make sure that all residents are treated fairly and with respect. For the past ten years she has worked as a public interest attorney representing low income tenants in eviction cases and subsidized housing disputes. She is bargaining unit co-chair for the United Legal Workers (which represents workers at Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.'s Madison office, and is affiliated with the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320) and is a delegate to the South Central Federation of Labor. Heidi has served on the Boards of Tenant Resource Center, the Public Interest Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Madison chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Emerson East Neighborhood Association.
Heidi received her B.A. from UW-Madison in 2001, where she played four years of varsity women's soccer, double majored in Political Science and Women's Studies, and obtained a certificate in American Indian Studies. Heidi received her J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2005 where she won the Dean's Award for Jurisprudence and represented immigrants in removal proceedings as a clinical legal services student. While in college and law school, Heidi enjoyed coaching youth and varsity high school soccer.
During her tenure on the County Board, Heidi has served on the Health & Human Needs Committee, Long Term Support Committee, Homeless Issues Committee, Human Services Board, Equal Opportunities Commission, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and Poverty Commission. She has authored and advocated for legislation and funding to: expand local fair housing protections, recognize housing as a human right, pursue fare-free transit, develop a climate action plan, maintain living wage and union jobs, ensure due process in accessing emergency shelter, require eviction reports from County funded housing and homeless services providers, require lactation rooms and free menstrual products in county buildings, establish a comprehensive homeless day resource center, and increase funding for affordable housing.