Heather Medina Sauceda, is an Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations. She covers the Central Coast – Upper Willamette and South West Basin for Oregon and has been in this position since 2010. She started with NRCS in East Lansing, MI as an Earth Team Volunteer then was in the student trainee program in various counties in Michigan. She has been in federal service with NRCS since 1999 when she started as a Soil Conservationist in Cheboygan, MI. She served in various counties in Michigan as a soil conservationist and was a DC in Grand Haven, MI. She served in the Peace Corps - Dominican Republic as an Environmental Education volunteer in 2003- 2005. Heather has served on a detail as the Assistant State Conservationist for Programs in Oregon in 2017. In 2017, Heather had the opportunity to participate in the Strategic Leadership Development Program through George Washington University and NHQ. Heather graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelors in Zoology / Environmental Biology in 1999.
Heather has held various positions with the Women in NRCS since 2017. She has been the west regional rep, vice president and currently the executive vice president. She is also the National Professional Hispanic NRCS employees, member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, a board member for the Calapooia Watershed Council and member of the Linn and Benton Hispanic Advisory Committee. She currently is in the Unid@s Leadership program though Latino Network. She has a passion for outreach to underserved communities, tribes, and youth. Through her work with WIN she has enjoyed meeting great people and serving to help bring about positive change to help address challenges that FPAC employees face.
Heather and her husband have been married for 13 years. They currently are foster parents to two great kids, ages 5 and 10. Heather and Juan have been fostering kids since 2018.
Her hobbies include playing soccer, yoga, meditating, gardening, taking care of her mason bees, hiking, cooking and volunteering.