Heather Mullins Crislip has served as President & CEO of HOME since 2012.
Heather holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. While living in New Haven, Connecticut she directed the region’s welfare to work one-stop center and served as Assistant to the Mayor for Policy Analysis where she worked on workforce development and homeownership issues. In New Haven she also oversaw a large investigation to assess the region’s compliance with the Fair Housing Act, conducting analyses of impediments and making recommendations to improve the education, outreach, and enforcement of fair housing laws. After moving to Honolulu, Hawai'i, Heather served as the Chief of Staff to a Hawai'i state senator and the Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor of the University of Hawai'i, where she oversaw all external relations and advocated for the University’s legislative agenda in the state legislature. Returning to Virginia in 2009, Heather oversaw the bipartisan policy projects for the Miller Center at the University of Virginia for former Governor Gerald Baliles. She also served as the Staff Director of the Goode National Transportation Policy Project, and did significant policy work on Higher Education, among other areas.
While at HOME, Heather has worked hard to restore financial stability by increasing revenue and restructuring finances and operations to ensure HOME’s long term financial sustainability. Heather has emphasized a return to vigorous enforcement of the Fair Housing Act in her time as President.
Currently she serves on the Board of Directors for Housing Virginia and as Vice Rector of the Board of Visitors at the University of Mary Washington. She has been admitted by examination to the State Bars of Connecticut, Hawai'i, and Virginia.