Working together towards the well-being of every citizen.
Determined To Do the Work for SLO
As Mayor, Heidi is committed to engaging the community to work together to implement creative housing solutions, developing practices to support local businesses, strengthening relationships within the diverse voices of our residents, revitalizing the unique culture of our downtown, and enhancing community resilience through energy efficiency and sustainability in our changing climate. Heidi is a reform-minded leader, passionate about keeping the concerns of our local residents at the forefront of everything she does.
Heidi: A Solutionary Leader
Heidi first arrived in San Luis Obispo as a college student thirty years ago. She graduated with a degree in early childhood education from Cuesta College, followed by a BA in liberal studies from Cal Poly. After falling in love with the charm and community San Luis Obispo had to offer, Heidi kicked a root down, got married, and began her life as an early childhood educator and mother.
Fast forward a few years and Heidi found herself as an overworked house cleaner and a multi-tasking single mom. Being a mom took center stage in her life and she began to form the rest of her decisions around what it meant to raise children in today’s world. Quickly she found that the best way to build a better community was to raise better people. She deepened her commitment to the community by getting involved in local organizations that worked to create a better world for all of our children.
As a participant and board member of many local non-profit organizations, Heidi has been able to work with local businesses, leaders and community members to fully understand the scope of environmental, fiscal and civic challenges our community faces. In 2014, Heidi turned her eye to elected office and ran for State Assembly. She led a grassroots campaign that focused on campaign finance reform, income inequality and climate change. She is a strong voice advocating for people who have been left out of our political and economic systems.
Heidi believes that Democracy starts and ends with the voice of the people, and as the Mayor of San Luis Obispo, has worked tirelessly to honor and represent and lift that voice.
What People are Saying
"Heidi has consistently shown up to stand with and support people of all faiths and backgrounds. She has made us feel at home during a time when even those with citizenship felt foreign and unsafe. At a time when division is rampant, this committed solidarity is what really makes a difference in our community. Heidi’s genuine empathy has given her the resiliency to relentlessly support the struggle towards peace, justice, and equality. The servant leadership Heidi has exuded for this community has been inspirational and has given us hope that the future can be better. "
"I have been very impressed with Heidi Harmon as our Mayor, a leader and an organizer. Her presence at numerous community events and her creation and participation in neighborhood walks has shown a high level of energy and dedication to engagement. As an organizer, I believe she is especially talented at recognizing local people and inspiring them to contribute to the betterment of our community. She has inspired me personally to become a more active participant in our City. As a leader, she has a vision along with the confidence and fortitude to lead our community into a sustainable future. We are lucky to have her."
Founder of Suntoucher, LLC
"Heidi has been a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion across the board since I have known her. During her time as Mayor she has consistently shown up for our community and people of color during difficult times and all the moments in between. We are in a critical moment where we decide the kind of community we want to be, and we need proven leadership willing to stand up and stand with those who have long been excluded from the conversation."
"Heidi isn't one to stray from a challenge and those that knew her were ready to do whatever they could to help her win. Heidi won the 2016 election by a small margin and immediately entered the City of San Luis Obispo with her community centric leadership. As a youth that has made efforts to contribute to my community, Heidi has offered nothing but support for my efforts and consistently inspires me to give more of myself. We're lucky to have her as a Mayor, I'm confident she will lead us with her heart and due diligence. I trust that she will continue to do great things in her fight for a better today and tomorrow."
Co-Founder, One with Nature