India is a Policy Analyst on the State Strategies team where she supports the development and advancement of workforce, postsecondary, and human services policies, particularly in California. She conducts quantitative and qualitative research in support of policy analysis and development and assists state and local leaders in understanding, adopting, and implementing policies. She joined National Skills Coalition in 2020.
Prior to joining NSC, India Heckstall served as Policy & Government Relations, Program Associate at Higher Learning Advocates where she assisted in crafting the federal policy agenda, conducted research, and monitored relevant federal legislation on postsecondary education, workforce, and supportive services, and served as project manager for the organization.
India has previously interned with the policy research team at the Institute for Higher Education Policy and served as an intern to North Carolina Congressman G.K. Butterfield. Beyond her work, India has previously served as co-chair of the Education Taskforce for Women in Government Relations. India earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from American University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Campbell University. She is based in Washington, DC.