Heather Wooten is a vice president of programs at ChangeLab Solutions, leading the organization’s work in Healthy Planning.
She manages a team of professionals researching best practices, developing policy tools, and working with communities to connect land use, community development, and health. She is a co-author of one of the premier publications on developing and implementing health policy language in land use plans, How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans. Prior to joining ChangeLab Solutions, Heather co-authored the Oakland Food System Assessment: Towards a Sustainable Food Plan through the Oakland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. She also currently serves on the Oakland Food Policy Council. She was honored with the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona, recognizing her work in food systems planning. Heather graduated from the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland with her husband and daughter.