Ingrid Heilke

Host | Founder | Producer

What does the phrase "Private Side of Public Work" mean to Ingrid?

"In retrospect, when I apply this phrase to different eras of my life it takes on very different meanings. I would have a different answer 1 year ago, 3 years ago, 5 years ago, 10 years ago, and 10 years in the future. At this moment, the public work that I am doing is this podcast.  My ultimate goal and my mission with this show is a mix of cross-pollination, mass introspection, and nuanced investigation.  I am surrounded by conversations that can and do change the world.  I want to bring those conversations out into the public. I want to bring those conversations across each other to instigate better learning across the sectors that that are making a positive impact on the public."

Ingrid Heilke is the host of The Private Side of Public Work podcast, where she uncovers the many-faceted relationship between the public and private sectors. The media too often portrays this relationship as black and white. Either government is bad or government contracts are bad. Ingrid instigates a more nuanced conversation.

Ingrid Heilke is also the Founder and Consulting CFO at Viridian Analytics. She blends her superpowers in finance, urban planning, and decision science to grow the profits of firms and professionals in the urban planning and design sector.  

Part of Ingrid’s inspiration for her current work was cultivated at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she integrated city planning principles into the Agency in ways that re-shaped its approach and priorities.  While at EPA, she built tools to help municipalities across the country to make better decisions and achieve better sustainability outcomes.  

Ingrid’s financial acumen was honed through helping countless small businesses gain financial clarity as well as strengthening hedge fund investment strategies through modeling and forecasting company fundamentals and industry trends.  

Ingrid earned a Master’s in City Planning from MIT and a Certificate in Environmental Planning as an MIT Energy Initiative Fellow.  M.I.T also named her a Graduate Woman of Excellence for her leadership and service contributions.  She holds a B.A. from University of California, Santa Cruz, with Highest Honors in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.   



Danielle Sturm

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Media & Communications Intern

Danielle applies her skills in business and her knowledge of the entertainment industry to grow the podcast audience, cultivate high-caliber guests, and ultimately expand the platform. 

Danielle’s enthusiasm for music and entertainment compelled her to pursue first a B.S. in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management. Her desire to fuel the entertainment industry as a whole, drove her to compliment her B.S. with an M.B.A. Danielle is excited to ride the wave of technology innovation as it opens up new possibilities for media and entertainment.

When Danielle is not at a concert you can find her studying, working one of her three jobs, or disc jockeying her radio show on JWU Live. 



Lyric Crocker

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Media & Communications Intern



Jeffrey A. DuClos

On-Site Audio-Visual Technician

Jeffrey began his  artistic journey as an adolescent dabbling in street art. As the son of a musician, he grew up in a recording studio, always with an instrument at arms-reach. His multi-decade, multi-media explorations have culminated in a unique style that bends the edges of photojournalism and straightens the question marks of abstraction.  As the Audio-Visual Technician for the Private Side of Public Work Platform, Jeff coordinates live audio, video, and still photography to capture the best side of his subjects in high resolution.  Jeff applies his mastery in editing and post-production to provide polished audio-visual materials for marketing, social media, and audience engagement. Jeff holds a B.A. in Psychology and Communications.