Heather Stafford is an entrepreneur inside government who has championed the Rural Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI) in the state of Oregon, with impressive results. Mrs. Stafford rallied policymakers, funders, local leaders, and investors around the REDI cause. In her career, she has also supported the growth of Oregon's first rural angel investment network of more than 150 investors. In 2015, Heather helped lead a small private-sector team who pioneered Oregon's intrastate crowdfunding exemption rules that allow any Oregon resident to invest in an Oregon crowd-investment seeking company.
Heather was the finalist for the 2016 Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership.