Heather Ludemann joined the Packard Foundation’s Conservation and Science Program in 2008.  Heather currently leads the U.S. West Coast subprogram, which seeks to enhance the ability of the U.S. West Coast marine ecosystems to sustain biodiversity and productivity as pressures and demands on these systems grow.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Heather worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a marine resource manager focused on the interaction between fisheries and other human activities on marine habitats.  She served as a Presidential Management Fellow in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and held short-term assignments in NOAA field offices, both in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Heather has a master’s degree in marine policy with a certificate in conservation biology policy from the University of Washington and a B.S. in biology and environmental studies from Tufts University.