National Bright Cities Program Director
Healthy Babies Bright Futures -
Heidi Gerbracht is a veteran strategist and a local government expert. She currently serves as the National Bright Cities Program Director, a program of Healthy Babies Bright Futures, where she works with cities on policies and programs to measurably limit neurotoxic chemical exposures in pregnant women and children. Previously she served as the Vice President of Public Policy of a local association working on housing and transportation issues. Ms. Gerbracht served the city of Austin in various capacities for nearly a decade, where she was instrumental in the passage of much of Austin’s innovative legislation, including regulation of so-called crisis pregnancy centers, paid parental leave for city employees, and requiring rest breaks for construction workers.
Prior to moving to Austin, she spent several years fundraising and doing grassroots online organizing at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association in Washington DC, where her online work was recognized by the National Journal. Ms. Gerbracht serves on the Board of Directors of Annie’s List, an organization that empowers and elects progressive women to office in Texas. She also serves as an advisor on policy to several local non-profits.
Heidi holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service. In her spare time, she enjoys a twirl on a Texas dance floor.