Heather Paul is CEO of the U.S. headquarters of SOS Children’s Villages, with its mission to support the SOS global network through fundraising and advocacy. Heather travels extensively promoting SOS villages and community-based family strengthening activities. She also works closely with major donors, foundations and global corporations in support of 500 SOS Villages. As the former Executive Director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign for a decade, Heather has a diverse background in children’s issues, public policy, communications and research. She has lived in the Philippines where she taught and participated in anthropological fieldwork. Heather also has held other positions in Washington, D.C. including Vice President of the National Health Council and Senior Research Associate with the US Department of Health and Human Services. Heather holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Maryland, a master's degree in American Literature and a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University.