Heidy Kellison is a writer who specializes in political and non-profit communication. Heidy was the Founding President of Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery. She resumed that role in 2013 and led the successful effort to save the nursery from closure. She is the District 4 Commissioner for First 5 Yolo, which is charged with the local implementation of Proposition 10, a statewide initiative that increased taxes on cigarette sales to fund programs promoting early childhood development for children ages 0-5 and their families. A member of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services State Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Victim Services, former Press Secretary for the State Senate, and former board member/direct services volunteer for WEAVE (Women Escaping a Violent Environment), she has over 25 years of experience serving public policy needs to combat sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse/neglect. As a mother, she has been active in K-12 educational policymaking including local parcel tax campaigns and homework policy reforms. In her spare time, Heidy is a competitive ballroom dancer and enjoys time with her family, including her SPCA lapdog, Beazley, who is a small, special blend of all things loving and ridiculous (and yes, he knows he spells his name incorrectly).