Jessica Heffernan Ziegler
Jessica has been the Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute since 2008. Her professional background in Waldorf Education includes serving as the first administrator and as a board member at a Waldorf school she co-founded in Everswinkel, Germany. Jessica, who holds a BS in Business Management, has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers, as well as other professionals, since 2004, consulting in diverse institutions and schools in both the US and Germany. She did her biography training with Karl-Heinz Finke, is currently engaged in training with SECA International, and is a partner in MIRA Companions for Development. Jessica’s professional focus on governance issues, personnel development, and leadership skills are utilized in both her Executive Director position and in her work as co-instructor of Sunbridge’s Collaborative Leadership course and related workshops.
Jessica is a parent of a son and a daughter, both of whom went through Waldorf schools and graduated from Green Meadow Waldorf School. Her deep belief that education can improve the world—and that Waldorf schools offer the most inspired and meaningful approach to education—is the prime motivation behind her work at Sunbridge. When she is not in her office, Jessica creates her elixir to daily life by spending time near, or on, the water.