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Expertise: Women’s rights; reproductive health, rights, and justice; race and ethnicity

Heidi Williamson is the Senior Policy Analyst for the Women’s Health and Rights Program at American Progress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Heidi worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, and the Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. She has successfully led legislative and advocacy efforts in the South and helped elect more than 20 women legislators to office at the state and local level. She is a founding member of the Trust Black Women Partnership, a strong network of African American women organizations and individuals, who mobilize to defend the human right to have a child, not have a child, and parent for African American women in the United States.

She has been published in The Huffington Post and RHReality Check; seen on MSNBC; heard on NPR and various CBS radio outlets; quoted by the Associated Press, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Guardian; and featured in Collective Voices and the documentary “We Always Resist.” Her publications include “Race, Gender, and Abortion in Georgia: A Policy Report” and “Reproductive Justice in the South: A Case for Education, Prevention, and Policy.”

She sits on the board of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!, a reproductive justice organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, and regularly advises nonprofits on civic engagement activities and legislative strategy.

Heidi is a graduate of Georgia State University were she double majored in English and African American studies.

By Heidi Williamson
Fast Facts: Economic Security for Virginia FamiliesCenter for American Progress ActionJune 19, 2015