Experienced – Effective – Ethical
A Note from Heather:
I am running for State Representative in District 4 because I see a pressing need for empathetic and ethical leadership in our state government. I believe that leaders should be proven and experienced, that solutions should be sustainable, and that government should be both accessible and equitable for all citizens. The position of State Representative is not only an honor and a privilege, it's a big responsibility. My experience proves I can shoulder that responsibility, and provide the strong leadership and effective advocacy that our community deserves.
Together, we can tackle big issues - public education, economic growth, environmentally conscious urban development - in a way that is effective in the present, while laying the foundation for continued success into the future.
I humbly ask for your support in the Democratic Primary on September 9th. A vote for me is a vote to put the leadership back into governance. Please know that I am available by phone and email for questions and conversations.
Democrat For State Representative, District 4
Heather Tow-Yick grew up in Providence and is a fourth-generation resident of District 4. She started her educational journey at the Jewish Community Center, later attending Henry Barnard and Moses Brown. After graduating from Brown University, Heather moved to New York, where she started her professional career through Teach For America as an English and Social Studies teacher in the Bronx. After several years training new teachers and serving as the Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Heather matriculated at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Upon completion of MIT Sloan’s MBA program, Heather moved back to New York City, integrating her passion for mission-driven work with her interest in business by joining the Bridgespan Group as a strategy consultant. After a few years, she returned to Teach For America, this time as a member of the Human Assets team. In 2010, Heather returned home to Providence to start and serve as the founding executive director of Teach For America – Rhode Island. Heather continues to serve as the executive director at Teach for America-Rhode Island, and also earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 2001.
Heather lives in Providence in the same house where she grew up, and is married to Lieutenant Commander William Clark, US Navy. They have a black lab, Sawyer, and enjoy spending time in Providence, as well as exploring the many amazing communities in Rhode Island. Heather’s other local family members include June Tow, Lilly Tow, Gerry Tow and Chris Tow.
Affiliations and Awards:
• Providence Business News “Forty Under 40” in 2012
• Leadership Rhode Island, ETA II Class of 2011
• Providence Monthly “Top Ten to Watch” in 2011
• All American sailor in 1997 and 1998