Heather Harker is director of consulting and executive transitions at Third Sector New England (TSNE), which focuses on building power, knowledge, and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining TSNE, Harker was a teaching fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and received an award for teaching excellence. She was assistant director of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, focusing on policy development, advocacy, and program development, and she served as a consultant for Northern Essex Community College and the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Social Policy and McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies. Harker held an Echoing Green fellowship for social entrepreneurship, which took her to Malaysia to work with the deaf community to establish a public health workshop series, English as a Second Language programs, and a summer youth leadership camp, and teach in schools for deaf students. She currently serves as the president of the board of directors of The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Mass.