Mr. Heard serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban Planning at the University of North Carolina. His primary subjects are environmental planning, transportation planning, community economic development and urban planning (practice and theory).
He has operated as an economic development and planning consultant for community-based organizations and local governments since the late 1980s. From 1999 until 2003, he was the Charlotte Office Director for the Enterprise Foundation, a national organization that works with partners to provide low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets and access to jobs and childcare. The Charlotte office provides technical assistance and $1 million in annual funding (core operating grants and project loans) to six Charlotte-area CDCs.
From 1991 until 1999, Mr. Heard was employed as the Executive Director of the Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation. In support of CDC projects, he raised more than $2 million in grant funds to support its core operations and more than $24 million in loans, investments and grants to finance the various projects.
Mr. Heard earned his bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, his master's degree in city planning at Harvard University, and his master's in public administration at the University of North Carolina.