Fatima Heyward
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey, Communications Coordinator

Fatima Heyward is the Communications Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey and Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey. In her role, she provides essential support in campaigns for Planned Parenthood in New Jersey and executes measurable results on projects ranging from enhancing visibility and attracting relevant stakeholders to shaping debates on public policy and marketing services to prospective patients. She deeply believes in fighting for access to quality, affordable health care regardless of race, income or zip code.

Additionally, Fatima has a strong passion for standing up for racial equality as well as diversity and inclusion. She works to equip young leaders and community members with the tools and resources to stand up for their human and civil rights. She is the President and Co-founder of the South Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus whose mission is to uplift the voices and advocate on behalf of African-Americans in South Jersey while building and molding young, black leaders to be active in the political process. She is also Executive Board Member and Political Action Chair at the NAACP Camden County East Chapter, Mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, Social Action Committee Member at South Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Committee Member on Rider University’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alumni Board.

Fatima graduated Cum Laude in Communications from Rider University in 2015. During her time at Rider she was selected for Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Order of Omega Leadership Honor Society, Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities, Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and Rider Star Scholar. She is a proud sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and served as the Tau Kappa Chapter’s president for two years. During her time at Rider, she completed three internships and studied abroad in London. While abroad she completed her third internship, which was at the MAMA Youth Project where she worked intensively with 18 to 25-year-old trainees from under-represented backgrounds to succeed in the media industry and career development.  Based on her contributions, she received the Record of Achievement European award. After graduation, Fatima participated in her fourth internship, which was a yearlong program in External Relations at Appel Farm Arts & Music Center. Education is extremely important to Fatima, which is why she enjoys partaking in and bringing awareness to educational opportunities to the community.