Heidi, her husband P.T., and their 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 15 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, National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW 2320, and has been a delegate to the South Central Federation of Labor. Heidi has served on the Boards of the Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County, the 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. Heidi enjoyed coaching youth and varsity high school soccer while in college and law school and has returned to coaching, many years later, with her son's youth rec team.
During her tenure on the County Board, Heidi has served on the Health & Human Needs Committee, Zoning and Land Regulation Committee, Specialized Transportation Committee, Long Term Support Committee, City-County Homeless Issues Committee, Human Services Board, Equal Opportunities Commission, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, Poverty Commission, and City of Madison Education Committee. 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; increase funding for affordable housing, homeless services, and behavioral health care services; add people with lived experience of incarceration and behavioral health needs to the Criminal Justice Council; and develop a community plan for housing and health care as an alternative to the jail consolidation project.