Heather Leson is driven by a world where everyone lends a hand. She delivers innovative products and experiences with global networks at the intersection of social impact and technology.
Using her strong coalition-building and engagement skills, she has led strategic organizational transformation for IFRC, Ushahidi, and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Heather co-led the first IFRC Digital Transformation strategy (approved by the IFRC Governing Board). She also created, delivered, and co-edited the IFRC Data Playbook by engaging 1000s in the pilots, a beta product, then activated 100s of playbook contributors for the V1 (cc-by-nc 4.0). A leader in the open space: she has represented and worked for many open organizations (open source, open data, and open maps) including serving as the Board Member of both the OpenStreetMap Foundation (2 years) and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) (4 years). She is the current chair of the HOT Governance Working Group and an "Open Organization Ambassador".