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Heather Blanchard

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Heather Blanchard is a masters candidate in Global Communications at The American University in Paris conducting research for her thesis project, The Value Between Us. Prior to her sojourn in France, she was a co-founder of CrisisCommons a digital humanitarian community who leverages emerging technologies to support crisis management and international humanitarian relief efforts. For seven years, Heather served the United States Department of Homeland Security in various several roles such as Business Liaison Director for technology and telecommunications for the Private Sector Office and Deputy Director of the Ready Campaign for the Office of Public Affairs. Before to her public service, Heather spent nine years in the private sector and rose to the position of Communications Director at the Marasco Newton Group, an environment management consulting firm.
In May 2011 Heather testified before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Social Media and Disasters. In March 2012, Government Technology magazine named Heather as one of the Top 25 Dreamers and Doers in the public sector. Heather has served as a subject matter expert on social media, web entrepreneurship and innovation for the Socio-Economic Assessment of Benefits of Social Networks for Organizations and Digital Agenda for Europe.
Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University. She had attended  Harvard University’s Leading in a Crisis program and Oxford University’s Summer Institute on Global Media and Technology Policy.


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