Director, Smart Justice and Business Education Coalitions
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Heather Birdsall leads the Smart Justice reform efforts at the Chamber, aimed at engaging businesses in policies, programs and systems changes designed to dismantle the school to prison pipeline, support in-custody education and job readiness programming, and connect the reentry population to employment opportunities. Birdsall is also staff at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Education and Attainment Division, where she works to help grow partnership resources and cultivate chamber engagement in Smart Justice reform efforts nationwide. Heather Birdsall has more than 10 years’ experience advising Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and political organizations on public affairs, community engagement and corporate social responsibility. Heather earned a bachelor degree in political science and political communication from James Madison University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.