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Heather Richards

Heather has been with Potomac Conservancy since 2002. As Director of Headwaters Conservation, she oversees all land protection projects and guides strategy for the Shenandoah program and projects in the headwaters region of the Potomac River watershed. Based at the Shenandoah Resource Center in Winchester, Virginia, Heather also oversees the stewardship and monitoring of all Potomac Conservancy conservation easements. Before coming to the Conservancy, Heather developed and managed a Geographic Information System (GIS) for Piedmont Environmental Council in Warrenton, Virginia, and created and managed programs for species conservation at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C. She holds a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and Environmental Policy from American University.  In her time away from the office, Heather enjoys riding and showing her two horses, running agility with her dogs and spending time with her husband.