Heather Gantz

Heather Gantz

Director, Portland

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Heather is someone you want in your corner. She’s the voice of reason, a kind but firm taskmaster, and she’s not afraid to ask the tough questions that lead to important discoveries and breakthroughs. Both coach and cheerleader, she’s an expert at guiding strategy and tailoring programs to achieve the best possible outcomes. Colleagues attribute drive, determination, and tenaciousness to her successful leadership of executive search and career transition initiatives.

As Branch Director, Heather oversees Waldron’s Portland office and manages day-to-day projects for social and public sector agencies, foundations, and organizations. A certified Master Career Transition Consultant and Life Options Retirement Coach, she helps clients manage positive career transitions, advocating for empowering employee experiences. Her familiarity with a wide spectrum of organizations in diverse disciplines and industries also makes her a knowledgeable partner for targeted executive searches. Clients rely on her thoroughness and attention to detail to help identify and attract the right candidates to elevate their agendas.

Prior to Waldron, Heather developed a strong background in staffing, recruiting, coaching and program management. She’s managed large staff augmentation programs for Nike and Freightliner, and has served as senior technical recruiter for Ciber, Inc. She holds a BA in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Outside Waldron, Heather continues to coach and cheer from the bleachers, as her three active kids pursue softball, baseball, cross-country, rock climbing, and other activities that keep the family constantly on the go. She volunteers for a non-profit organization that funds competitive ASA softball programs for girls, and she is an advisory board member for ELGL, an organization for innovative local government leaders. Her calendar reflects a near constant commitment to fostering best possible outcomes for others, and she takes a great deal of joy in watching others achieve their potential. That said, she’s also quite fond of the rare weekend that carries absolutely no agenda.