Heather Imboden is a founding principal of Communities in Collaboration | Comunidades en Colaboracíon, a women- and minority-owned evaluation and community engagement consultancy based in Oakland, California. Heather combines her skills in facilitation, outreach, and analysis with her expertise in community and economic development to lift community voice in partnership with diverse stakeholder groups for nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies. Heather’s work often focuses on advancing equity at the intersection of public education, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. She is also committed to local capacity development, striving to share her knowledge of the tools of engagement so that communities have a greater ability to advocate on behalf of themselves.
In addition to her experience in community development, Heather’s background includes more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications for nonprofits. Heather holds a Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelors of Arts from Wellesley College.