Heather Schmucker

Heather Schmucker

Director of Talent

Heather runs the day-to-day operations of Arena Careers and our campaign staff placement work. 

She joined Arena in 2020 as an Associate after two years as the Director of Digital Organizing and Strategy for Open Progress where she led a team of 5,000+ volunteers in peer-to-peer texting programs for candidates across the country. Prior to that, she led the texting effort for Daniel Biss’ run for Governor in Illinois and served as Organizing Director for Ameya Pawar for Illinois. In a previous life, Heather was a non-profit theatre producer who started her career at the intersection of arts and social justice as the Producing Director for About Face Theatre, Chicago’s LGBTQ theatre company. She went on to produce for the American Music Theatre Project and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Heather is a proud Chicagoan and a graduate of Northwestern University.

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Republicans have spent decades cultivating talent and investing for the long run, and right now we’re paying the price. Republicans control 30 state legislatures, 28 governors mansions, and are just a few seats away from regaining control of Congress. Together with an activist Supreme Court, they’re enacting policies that turn back progress on everything from abortion to voting rights to climate change. 

Arena is building a new generation of political leaders who will lead the fight to save our democracy and build progressive power for the long run. It’s going to take all of us to make change. Join us in this work.

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