Heidi Davison is no stranger to the rich tradition of community activism in Athens. From education to the environment, Heidi has been active in a wide range of issues that affect the citizens of Athens. As a long-time resident of Athens-Clarke County, educator, and community volunteer, she has experienced first-hand the need for local government to actively seek the participation of all of its citizens.
A graduate of the University of Georgia with a B.S.Ed in Elementary Education and M.Ed in Middle School Education, Heidi taught Language Arts for Social Circle City Schools and the Oconee County School System. During her tenure, she worked on several textbook selection committees, was chair of a School of Excellence committee, working to develop the winning proposal for her school and served on the local steering committee developing a 10-year review of the Oconee County Schools for SACS. She also developed a school-wide reading for pleasure program and curriculum for middle school students.
In 1990, Heidi graduated from the Leadership Athens program. She continued to serve that program as a volunteer for several years following graduation and served as its director from 1996 to 2001, overseeing all aspects of the organization. She worked on developing a senior leadership program for the Athens Community Council on Aging, which recently graduated its second class.
Heidi is trained as a National Issues Forum moderator, a Technology of Participation (TOP) and Community Trusteeship facilitator. In 1996 she was tapped along with 18 other women to serve as a facilitator for the League of Women Voters of the United States' long-range planning efforts.
Heidi formerly served as a Leadership Development Associate with the University of Georgia's J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership. She is currently affiliated with the Institute as an Adjunct Faculty member. Her responsibilities included delivering the Understanding Leadership module of the Community Leadership Practices (CLP) curriculum, leadership program development, retreat facilitation, instructor training, curriculum modification and working with new and existing leadership programs to provide technical support.
Heidi continues to be active in community work. She served on the Alec Little Environmental Award Advisory Committee and the Clute Barrow Nelson Life Foundation, and is an active member of the Jeannette Rankin Foundation. Recent volunteer service includes serving on the SPLOST Citizen's Overview Committee and the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, as well as President of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Inc.
Heidi and her husband of 26 years, Al, live in the Beechwood Hills subdivision.