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Heather Hopson
Communications Director

My maternal grandparents met in their teens, stayed happily married for 65 years and welcomed 15 children into their Pittsburgh home. Today, I’m also raising my daughter in Pittsburgh–a city ranked the most-livable city in America. However, some children are not experiencing that greatness. As a mother, I want my little girl, and all kids, to grow up with equal access to education, healthcare and safe places to play. My hope is that my daughter stays in her hometown, because there is no better place to be.

A native Pittsburgher, Heather’s passion for nonprofit work sparked as a teenager. She wrote and directed a school play at Penn Hills Senior High School and donated the proceeds to charity. Heather continues to pursue her lifelong passion to be a voice for her community, especially for those most vulnerable, as communications director at Allies for Children.

At Allies for Children, Heather developed and implemented a comprehensive communications and marketing strategy that uniquely blends traditional and modern media. She produces engaging videos, hosts nationally trending Twitter parties, manages mom blogger ambassador programs and secures regular media coverage for the organization. Heather engages the public and policymakers by bringing advocacy issues to life through personal stories and moving messages. Whether in the form of a Letter to the Editor, legislative testimony or blog post, Heather works to propel children and youth to the forefront of policy discussions.

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Guided by a background in television, Heather manages production teams and creates successful communications campaigns that include high-quality videos promoting practice and policy changes for children’s healthcare enrollment and children’s court. Heather also oversees the publication of Allies for Children’s Crossing Guards Study and School Breakfast Report, which she delivered to the White House during a blogger event with First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.

Before joining Allies for Children, Heather worked for Pittsburgh Public Schools in the Communications and Marketing Department. Her interest in childhood education began a couple of years prior when she obtained a teaching certification and taught English at a high-needs middle school outside of Washington, D.C. Prior to working in the education arena, Heather, who obtained a journalism degree from Michigan State University, reported at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. An avid scuba diver, she later took the plunge and reported overseas in the Cayman Islands. She lived on the island for seven years and served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors and spearheaded a Send-a-Kid to Camp campaign.

When not at work, Heather spends time with family and operates a nationally award-winning parenting website. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather as an Advancing Black Arts Program award recipient to support this work. Additionally, Heather was recently named a 40 Under 40 Awards (Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP) Recipient and an inaugural member of The Incline’s Who’s Next in Communications Pittsburgh Class. Heather also operates a Free Store–picture a consignment store without price tags–in the Lincoln Park Community Center, mentors through Amachi Pittsburgh and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Read her résumé in its entirety click here.