Who is Jesse Heitner?

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I graduated from Harvard School of Public Health with a degree in Global Health and Population. I was awarded a Master in Public Policy and two BAs in Molecular & Cell Biology and Political Economy of Industrial Societies from U.C Berkeley.

I am proudly LGBTQ and live by liberal Christian values such as empowering minorities, acting with compassion, and helping the poor and refugees.

I was Albuquerque raised, and I graduated from Harvard with my doctorate in public health wanting to solve the world’s health problems with real solutions from real data and analysis. I realized that even the best research doesn’t solve problems if people with power don’t listen to it. Congress has been ignoring experts on the economy, healthcare, climate change, and geopolitics.

But if we’re going to change this, I need your help. I’m a healthcare expert, and I pledge to listen to experts in other subjects to make the best decisions. Together we can do great things if I can earn your trust and your vote.

My faith is central to who I am, which is why I’m a die-hard Democrat. The Bible doesn’t advocate lowered taxes for the rich, denying help to refugees, casting stones and passing judgments, or cutting programs that support orphans, widows, or prisoners. Instead it teaches “This was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and the needy.” (Ezekiel,


Gradated from S.Y. Jackson Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School, and La Cueva High School.
BA from U.C. Berkeley with majors in Molecular & Cell Biology & Political Economy of Industrial Societies
Master in Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley
Doctor of Science, Global Health & Population, Harvard University

Work History

Intern, Sandia national labs, biosecurity team.
Assistant Director, Grassroots Campaigns, Albuquerque Field Office
Supervisor, Winter Nights Shelter, operated by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa.
Client Advocate, Volunteer Legal Services Program, non-profit wing of BASF.
Researcher, Grupo Faro, Quito, Ecuador
Graduate Student Instructor, U.C. Berkeley
Economic Research Team Lead, Partners In Health, Rwinkwavu, Rwanda
Teaching Assistant, Harvard University
Visiting Scholar, Xi’an JiaoTong University, Xi’an, China
Contractor, AFR Central, World Bank Group
Head of data analysis, Veritas Health Systems

Personal Life

Vegetarian since 2000
Mostly vegan since 2003
Gay since 1983
Openly gay since 2009
Openly a political candidate since 2017

Here are the Christian values that I’ll bring to Congress 2018:

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Hebrews 13:2 – Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Matthew 7:12 – So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Mark 7:15 – Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.

John 5:24 – Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.