Heather Harker

Chief of Staff
President's Office

Heather Harker

Phone Numbers

202.846.8114 (VP)




College Hall 208

Raised in Kentucky, journeyed through Malaysia, back to Kentucky and Massachusetts before finally landing 'home' at Gallaudet in 2016. Delighted to be here and in my spare time you can find me enjoying time with my spouse, reading sci-fi/fantasy, playing basketball and engaging in an occasional Nerf (TM) battle with my son. 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY, John F. Kennedy School of Government
Masters in Public Administration specializing in leadership and nonprofit management. 2000. Dean’s Award for Excellence in Student Teaching

A.B. with Honors in International Relations. 1992. 

Gallaudet University Board Member (2009-2016) and Board Chair (2014 – 2016) As board chair from 2014 – 2016, set the tone, provided leadership during a Presidential transition, supported the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and stewarded the transition between Presidents Hurwitz and Cordano.

Discovering Deaf Worlds Fellow (2013, 2014) Participated in the Department of State funded Professional Fellows EMPOWER program to Philippines. Engaged in cross-cultural learning and capacity building with Philippine Federation of the Deaf and its member organizations. Returned as part of a smaller team of the USAID-funded EXPAND (Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities in the Philippines) program, including Howard Rosenblum, CEO of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), to design and deliver two weeks of capacity building training focused on organizational governance.

The Learning Center for the Deaf, Board Member (2005 - 2012) and Board Chair (2010-2012) Facilitated the executive transition from a long-term head of school to a successor.

DEAF, Inc. Board Member (2000 - 2005) and Board Chair (2002 – 2005) Facilitated a successful executive transition, with broad community engagement, from long-term executive director to the successor who continues to preside over the organization.

Kellogg International Leadership Program Fellow (1995-1998) Designed and implemented an experiential leadership development program for Deaf Community leaders in rural Kentucky. Participated in international learning context with 60 fellows, selected from ‘minority’ communities in southern Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

Echoing Green Fellow (1992-1993) Social entrepreneur-focused fellowship during which taught English at a school for the Deaf in Malaysia; worked with the Deaf community&


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Washington, DC 20002