Heidi Gantwerk is Vice President of Viewpoint Learning where she leads work in civic engagement and public policy research, bringing a background in community relations and media production combined with experience as a foundation program officer. Heidi has designed and directed numerous national and local civic and stakeholder engagement projects on a wide range of complex issues including healthcare reform, federal and local finances, land use and housing development, infrastructure, U.S.-Muslim relations, education, governance reform and caring for the elderly.
Recognized as a leader in the field of public dialogue, Heidi is often asked to speak about the critical role of public engagement in breaking through gridlock on complex, value-laden public policy issues. Since joining Viewpoint Learning in 2002, Heidi has built on her media background to produce videos demonstrating the power of public dialogue on a diverse set of topics, and spearheaded the addition of online dialogue to Viewpoint Learning’s array of methods for engaging the public and stakeholders on tough issues. Heidi runs the La Jolla office of Viewpoint Learning and manages the firm’s research, analysis and communications operations.
Prior to joining Viewpoint Learning, Heidi’s career focused on building bridges between communities, including serving as a liaison between local communities and network television, and creating innovative educational opportunities for inner-city schoolchildren. She served as director of youth programs at Price Charities, and as director of community relations for San Diego’s NBC owned and operated station.
Heidi holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale University. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three sons. When not facilitating conversations about complex public policy issues, Heidi can often be found behind a microphone, as a singer performing R&B, jazz and modern Jewish music.
Contact Heidi Gantwerk by email or phone at 858-551-2317.