MANA18 Program Committee
Heather Thompson, MS, PhD, is an applied molecular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a reproductive justice organization that loves to get involved in issues involving love, sex, family and community. For the past 7 years Heather has also served as the Research Director at Mountain Midwifery Center (a community birth center) advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care and legal marijuana in her home state of Colorado. In the past few years, she is especially called to encourage other white folks to embrace and engage in racial justice. Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.