Heather is a Manager in the City of Dallas’ Office of Economic Development. She oversees programs related to improving economic opportunity, including small business development and the Dallas BRAIN, workforce development, and the South Dallas Fair Park Opportunity Fund. Additionally, she staffs the City’s New Markets Tax Credits program, the Dallas PACE program and the EB-5 Visa program. Prior to her arrival at the City of Dallas in 2005, she worked in Washington D.C. for Congressman Jerry Costello, serving as his Legislative Director. In that position, she was responsible for legislation and policy matters related to Transportation, Trade, Appropriations and Budget, among other subjects. Heather received a M.P.P. with a focus on Public/Private Policy and Management from the George Washington University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
Heather Lepeska is a member of the Dallas Economic Opportunity Leadership Academy, Class of 2019-2020, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.
The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at as.pn/eofn.
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