STARs Policy Manager
India is a Policy Manager on the STARs Policy Project where she identifies & tests how public policy can enable economic mobility for STARs. She conducts thorough research on STARs-relevant policy, including proposed and enacted legislation and executive orders; and applies an economic mobility & racial equity lens to existing data and evidence.
Prior to joining O@W, India served as a Policy Analyst on the State Strategies team at the National Skills Coalition where she supported the development and advancement of workforce, postsecondary, and human services policies, particularly in California. She conducted quantitative and qualitative research in support of policy analysis and development and assisted state and local leaders in understanding, adopting, and implementing policies.
Previously, India Heckstall served as Policy & Government Relations, Program Associate at Higher Learning Advocates where she assisted in crafting the federal policy agenda, conducted research, and monitored relevant federal legislation on postsecondary education, workforce, and supportive services, and served as project manager for the organization.
She has also previously interned with the policy research team at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and served as an intern to North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield. Beyond her work, India has previously served as co-chair of the Education Taskforce for Women in Government Relations.