Heather Worthington joined the team at the Center for Economic Inclusion in November 2022 as Managing Consultant for the Center’s Consulting Division. A leader in local governments for more than 20 years, including most recently as Interim Community Development Director in Bloomington, MN, Director of Long-Range Planning in Minneapolis and Deputy County Manager in Ramsey County, MN. In Minneapolis, her team led the creation, engagement, and policy adoption of the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan. In 2020, she founded Worthington Advisors, a consultancy focused on leadership and policy advising, recruitment and retention work with teams, and land use and strategy guidance all through a racial equity lens. Heather is committed to seeking authentic community engagement and leading racial equity efforts to strengthen communities that have experienced disparities, disinvestment, and marginalization. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University, a BA in History/Historic Preservation from Michigan State University, and a certificate from the State and Local Executives Program from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She serves as Adjunct Faculty in the MPA program at Hamline University, and chairs the Midway Investment Cooperative, a real-estate cooperative aimed at increasing BIPOC ownership of real estate through capital access, stable housing and displacement prevention work.