Heidi Ellis

Heidi Ellis

Vice President for Administration

Heidi began her career in the public sector as a political appointee on the state level in New Jersey then in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), where she was also a member of the White House LGBTQ+ and African American kitchen cabinets, and she was listed on the Victory Fund’s list of out appointees. After working diligently to advance the policies and engagement initiatives of the USEPA and White House, she transitioned to the private sector and began a career in education policy and organizational management at EducationCounsel. She is the founder and CEO of HME Consulting & Advocacy, a DC-based company which utilizes deep experience in policy, strategy, and stakeholder engagement to build coalitions and advance policy initiatives that address issues of intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community.

She is a dedicated advocate who prioritizes social and racial justice. She carries this passion into all her work, including her role with local organization Strength in Our Voices, where she serves as Director of Development and Partnerships. Here she is committed to elevating issues which sit at the nexus of mental health, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color. She believes in amplifying voices of color to ensure equitable practices and programming and works with several local and national organizations on these efforts. She is a trusted voice and leader in this space for her strategic, behind-the-scenes work to push organizations to think differently about centering voices of color to drive meaningful change.



Heidi is originally from Princeton, NJ. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Heidi resides in Ward 6 with her fiancé, Erin Patterson, and their dog.