Meet Heather Cordasco
Heather Cordasco served on the Williamsburg/James City County School Board from 2012-2015. At Heather’s suggestion, WJCC schools participated in the Northstar Project, an organization that helps schools streamline processes so that more money can go to the classroom. Heather is a strong supporter of teachers and supports competitive salaries and supplying the resources they need in the classroom.
As chair of the 21st Century Career Readiness Committee (formerly Career and Technology), she took a strong interest in career options for students. Heather encouraged the Association for Manufacturing Excellence to adopt the Williamsburg/James City County school system; as a result, students have the opportunity to explore careers in advanced manufacturing during Manufacturing Day. This led to closer relationships with county industries, and to local jobs for WJCC students. She currently sits on the New Horizons Foundation Board, a board that helps students who receive technical training to have funds to pay for trade job expenses, such as certifications and tools. The New Horizons Foundation Board is also a partner in “The Good Life” program that hires students with skills into great jobs right after their high school graduation.
Heather also served on the Special Education Advisory Committee, and the New Horizons Board. She was appointed to the Regional Issues Committee for the Historic Triangle in 2012. Heather has been a member of the Education Committee of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and was recently named the chair of that committee. She has served as the President of Network Peninsula, as a member of the local Red Cross board, and is the former president of the Kingsmill Women’s Social Club. She is currently the chair of the Grove Community Garden.
Heather is also a graduate of LEAD Virginia and a recent graduate of the Lead Historic Triangle Class that is offered through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2011 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a 2009 Graduate of the James City County Citizens Academy. Heather has served on the Legislative Positions Committee for the Virginia School Boards Association and has been presented with the Award of Excellence from the VSBA twice. She has also advocated for local school systems at the National Virginia School Boards Association Advocacy Conference on Capitol Hill. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Nyack College in New York. She currently works at a nonprofit organization as a Philanthropy Officer, and as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer who holds multiple certifications with a specialty in older adult fitness. She taught a variety of adult fitness classes in James City County. Heather has been married to her husband Carlo for 31 years and has three children, all graduates of James City County Schools. This December, Heather became a grandmother!
Residents of the Peninsula since 1993, the Cordasco family settled in James City County in 2004. Heather chaired the meal committee for the Jamestown High football team for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, feeding 90 boys every week. The Cordasco family worships at Foundations Church in Williamsburg.