Working As Mayor Towards the Well-being of Every Citizen.
Determined to Improve SLO
As an advocate for positive solutions in San Luis Obispo for the past 30 years, Heidi has watched our city change and grow. As your Mayor, she is committed to implementing creative housing solutions, developing practices to support local businesses, strengthening relationships within the diverse voices of our residents, revitalizing the unique culture of our downtown, and enhancing community resilience through energy efficiency and sustainability in our changing climate. Heidi is a reform-minded leader, passionate about keeping the voice and concern of local residents at the forefront of everything she does.
Heidi raised her children in SLO as a working single mother. Her daughter Zoie, is a graduate of the UCLA film department, and her son Jack, is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz music department. Her concern and joy in their futures and the futures of all our children is the fuel that powers her political passion. Most days you can find Heidi and her husband Larry hiking local trails, collaborating with community members, and enjoying downtown cafes.
Community Advocacy Since College
Arriving in San Luis Obispo thirty years ago as a college student, Heidi found the charm and community irresistible and she stayed to make a life here. She graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Cuesta College, followed by a BA in liberal studies from Cal Poly.
Heidi worked as an early childhood educator in San Luis Obispo for many years. The more she got to know the young people and families in our area, the more of her time and energy she gave to the community to make it even better for future generations. Running both a singalong music program for preschool children, and a home cleaning business, Heidi has firsthand experience in our dynamic economy. She has become a proactive, committed advocate for environmental issues in the area. As the Director of SLO 350 and a point person with Protect SLO- Stop Oil Trains, Heidi has been able to work with many local businesses, leaders and community members to fully understand the scope of environmental, conservation and sustainability challenges our community faces.
In 2014, Heidi took an innovative grassroots approach to her first political campaign for State Assembly. Heidi’s campaign focused on campaign-finance reform, income equality, and climate change. She has and will continue to fight for people who have been left out of our political and economic systems.
Now, as mayor of SLO, Heidi has repealed the expensive Rental Housing Inspection Program to save money and prevent invasive and unnecessary inspections. She has also adopted climate friendly restrictions on single-use water cups and straws to reduce litter and protect the environment.