Heather Graham is Program Director at the Oak Foundation for its Learning Differences Program. Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern. The Learning Differences Program is committed to building a world in which schools unlock the creativity and power of every young person and equip them to shape more just and equitable communities.
The program partners with not-for-profit organizations that improve education for all students, particularly those who are furthest from opportunity. Previously, Heather served as a Principal with Education First and a Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In those roles she provided strategic and business planning, operations and governance support to education non-profits and developed coalitions with national, regional and global foundations, non-profits and government. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Heather served as a Vice President with Teach For America, a White House Fellow with the United States government and a Program Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Heather spent a year in Chengdu, China as a Henry Luce Scholar and she began her career as a middle school teacher in the South Bronx with Teach For America. Heather earned her master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently lives in Durham, North Carolina.