Heather Tow-Yick Confirms Candidacy

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Heather Tow-Yick


April 30, 2014


Heather Tow-Yick Confirms Candidacy for State Representative for House District 4 District Native Touts Community Leadership and Business Experience Providence, RI: Heather Tow-Yick today confirmed her candidacy for State Representative for House District 4.

“It is my honor to confirm my candidacy for State Representative,” Tow-Yick said. “Rhode Island faces serious challenges, and we need experienced leadership at the State House that is ready to solve problems and move our State forward starting on day one. I look forward to talking with District 4 residents about the challenges facing our neighborhoods and about the experience that I bring to this campaign.” 

Tow-Yick has deep roots in the District and Providence, and brings to the race an unmatched depth of policy experience backed by expertise working in business, government, education, startups, and non-profit management. A fifth generation resident of Providence, she resides today in the same house where she was raised.

Tow-Yick is endorsed by Summit resident Maryellen Butke and Central Falls educator Victor Capellan.


“Heather is a tireless champion of community and civic causes,” said activist Maryellen Butke. “She understands the important issues facing our community, and has the management and business experience we need to represent and advocate for District 4 at the State House.”


“Heather’s experience collaborating with others to get results – from classroom teacher to non- profit leader – makes her a uniquely qualified candidate for State Representative,” said Victor Capellan. “I’m proud to join with her as she embarks on this important campaign.”

After working as an English and US History Teacher through Teach For America, Tow-Yick was appointed Special Assistant to New York City Chancellor of Education Joel Klein, whose

agency oversaw an operating budget of $15 billion and served 1.1 million students. As a management consultant with The Bridgespan Group, Tow-Yick worked with clients on organizational culture and financial sustainability projects. Tow-Yick obtained her MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and holds an MAT from Columbia University Teachers College.


Tow-Yick has earned the endorsement of several District 4 leaders, including Pamela & Albert Dahlberg, Melissa DuBose, Susan Adler Kaplan, Saul & Susan H. Kaplan, Wendy Lawton, Jonah & Rashmi Licht, Betsy & Ken Shimberg and others. She has also launched a website,



Tow-Yick, 38, is married to Lieutenant Commander William Clark. She currently serves on the Board of Moses Brown School and as a Corporation Member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island.



Quick Facts:

• Family members living in the district include Lilly Tow, June Tow, and Gerry Tow

• Members of the Tow family have been voting in the district for over 65 years

• Heather’s grandfather, Yat K. Tow, was elected to the Rhode Island Hall of Fame in 2010

• Heather graduated from Brown with a BA in American Civilization and English &

American Literature in 1998

• Heather represented Brown in five national championships for sailing and was named All

American in 1997 and 1998

• Heather graduated from Columbia University Teachers College with an MAT in English

in 2001, she completed her degree while working full time

• Heather graduated from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 2007 with an MBA in

general management

• Heather is a member of Leadership Rhode Island’s ETA II class of 2011

• Heather was recognized by the Providence Business News as “40 Under Forty”in 2012

• Heather was recognized by Providence Monthly as “10 to Watch for 2011”

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