Heather Shadur Founder and President

Portait: Heather Shadur

Heather Shadur is a change agent who combines strategic savvy with a passion for making a difference. She has spent more than 15 years managing high-profile public affairs campaigns for an array of corporations, associations, nonprofits, and government agencies—winning numerous awards and building a wide network along the way. Her expertise includes media relations, coalition building, event production, lobbying, and grassroots organizing.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

In 2005, Heather launched Shadur Communications, a firm that provides public relations on public policy issues. The firm quickly achieved a major victory when it oversaw the PR campaign to reduce mercury pollution from Illinois coal-fired power plants. This effort led the state legislature to adopt the strongest mercury standards in the nation. Since then, Shadur Communications has undertaken many more successful initiatives on the local, state, and national level. Her clients have ranged from an association of Illinois charter schools to a group seeking to transform rail travel in the Midwest to a company that slashes greenhouse pollution for manufacturers across the country.

Before starting her own company, Heather served as managing director of Wilhelm & Conlon Public Strategies, where she was brought on board to create the firm’s public relations arm. Previously she served as an award-winning member of the management team at Jasculca/Terman, one of the Midwest’s leading public affairs firms. The myriad issues she tackled in those positions include telecommunications, transportation, the arts, women’s rights, air travel, and the opening of a nature museum, among many others.

Shadur is also a veteran of Illinois politics. She coordinated fundraising efforts during the primary of Lisa Madigan’s winning campaign for Attorney General in 2002, helping to raise more than $3.5 million. And she is a known leader in her local community, having led successful efforts to block the development of egregious buildings in her neighborhood. Heather also serves on the boards of The Inner Voice, the largest provider of homeless services in Chicago, and the Alliance of Hope for Suicide Survivors.

Heather received her B.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She grew up in Evanston, Illinois and lives in the West Town community of Chicago.