Heather Appel is the Partnership's Communications Director. Prior to joining the Partnership she worked as Communications Director at the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU Healthcare), where she was part of organizing campaigns that brought an additional 4,000 members into the union. She began her career as a community organizer in the South Bronx, where she organized campaigns for better schools, decent affordable housing, and living wage jobs. She later worked as a reporter at the Herald News and Bergen Record in New Jersey and has also been published in the New York Daily News, the Associated Press, New York City Limits, Time Out New York, and AM New York. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Vassar College and a Master's Degree at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.