Heather Villanueva has over 15 years of experience in multi-ethnic coalition building and community organizing and is the Deputy Director of More Equitable Democracy, an organization focused on advancing racial justice through transformative changes to our electoral systems. Heather built a strong foundation for her career at the Minority Executive Directors Coalition, a Seattle-based coalition of civil rights and non-profit leaders of color advocating in solidarity for racial justice. She worked for 10 years at SEIU 775 as a community organizer where she gained a breadth of experience in grassroots and grasstops coalition building, legislative advocacy, civic engagement, organizational development, and language access work. Heather has been pivotal to the establishment of several statewide racial and immigrant justice coalitions in WA and has served on boards and commissions including the King County Civil Rights Commission, The City of Seattle Immigrant Voting Task Force, the International Examiner, the Ingersoll Gender Center supporting the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming community, and as the NW Regional Chair of the SEIU Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. In 2019, she managed a successful statewide ballot initiative and legislative campaign for police accountability in Washington State.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2021