Heather Clayton Terry, 1994

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“I am grateful, thankful and feel a sense of humility for having the opportunity to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for Cleveland Heights High School. As a student, I struggled. I was navigating a space where I often felt like I did not belong. What helped me to see beyond my experience was centering on loving myself and surrounding myself with people who genuinely cared about me. Today, as an adult, I feel a sense of pride for how far I have come with the help and support of loved ones and inspired to do even greater things that will help myself and others not only live but thrive.”

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

Heather Clayton Terry, MPA is an advocate, career coach and philanthropist. She currently works for Dominion Energy as a Philanthropy Consultant for the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. Heather is responsible for the company’s foundation, sponsorship and volunteer efforts across the state of Ohio and the Social Justice Grants Initiative across the company’s 15 state footprint.

Prior to Dominion Energy, Heather worked as the Associate Director for Women in Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Heather advised emerging women and under resourced students in pursuit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics/Medicine). In 2015, Heather co-founded the Family Equity Committee at CWRU for alternative family building to modernize policies to address national trends in infertility insurance coverage, adoption benefits, and foster care support. Heather also established the Women of Color Series and the LGBT and Women’s Center’s Collaborative Series at CWRU to address intersectional feminism and the layers of bias which impact interaction and experience based on race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

Heather has worked as a Project Manager for National Institutes of Health grants and as the Francis H. Beam, Jr. Fellow for the Saint Luke’s Foundation. Prior to her fellowship, Heather spent six years managing programming initiatives for Cleveland Public Library as well as taught adolescents through the NASA Workforce and Economic Division – Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Program.

Heather is a member of the Our Hope, Our Future Giving Circle administered in collaboration with the Cleveland Foundation. The initiative is led by Black and/or African American community members of Cleveland, Ohio who pool their personal dollars to annually provide grants to Black-led nonprofit organizations. Terry recently received the 2022 MiraCLE Award from Birthing Beautiful Communities and the Emerging Philanthropist Award in 2021 from Philanthropy Ohio. She was also graced with the Women of Distinction Award in 2018 (Girl Scouts of North East Ohio), the Women’s Centers Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017 (National Women’s Studies Association), the Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Award in 2017 (Case Western Reserve University) and the NEO 25 Under 35 Movers and Shakers Award in 2009 (The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club & Inside Business Magazine). 

Education

Masters in Public Administration, Bachelors of Elementary Education, Cleveland State University

Associate of Arts Degree, Cuyahoga Community College

Current Occupation

Philanthropy Consultant, Dominion Energy

Achievements
  • Recently had the privilege of being featured as the cover story for Phenomenal Woman Magazine.
  • First-generation college graduate.
  • Mother of fraternal twins after a ten-year journey to motherhood.
  • Led a Social Justice Grants Initiative, a commitment of $5 million, to address the fundamental causes of systemic racism across Dominion Energy’s 15 state footprint.
  • Co-founded the Family Equity Committee at Case Western Reserve University for alternative family building to modernize policies to address national trends in infertility insurance coverage, adoption benefits, and foster care support.
  • ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) singer and songwriter who has been featured on at least 14 international compilation albums.