Sandy Heierbacher

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Sandy Heierbacher

Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) in 2002 with the support and involvement of 60 volunteers and 50 organizations. NCDD now represents more than 2,200 organizational and individual members and more than 35,000 subscribers. Under Sandy's leadership, NCDD has grown into a respected hub, resource clearinghouse, convener, and facilitative leader for an ever-growing community of practice centered around the practices of dialogue and deliberation. NCDD's extraordinary members bring people together, both face-to-face and online, to discuss contentious issues across political and ethnic divides and move to agreement and action when possible. NCDD's online Resource Center at www.ncdd.org/rc connects people to more than 3,000 resources on group process and public engagement, and our high-energy biennial national conferences have brought together thousands of leaders who are committed to finding innovative ways to convene people to address seemingly intractable problems.

Sandy has an M.A. in Intercultural and International Management from SIT Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and serves as a Research Deputy with the Kettering Foundation in addition to running NCDD. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Participatory Budgeting Project and now the Board of the National Issues Forums Institute, and has consulted for such organizations as the Corporation for National Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sandy moved to the Boston area from Pennsylvania in June 2015.