Heather Curtis was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but soon thereafter moved to Buffalo, Wyoming, with her family when her father Dan received his first call as a Lutheran minister. She and her family spent six years there before moving to Algona, Iowa, when her father was called to minister to a church there. She graduated Algona High School in 1991, and received a degree in Psychology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa (where, incidentally, she met Drew).
After graduation, she decided to go with Drew back to Kentucky and became a child-protection worker with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Two years later, she left her job to become a full-time graduate student at the University of Kentucky, receiving her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1999.
At the time of her graduation, Drew was running three businesses, so Heather deferred employment to work behind the scenes of their operations. This activity continued far longer than anticipated, as it overlapped with the births of their children and the eventual emergence of Fark as a "digital media legend." We don’t quite remember when, but at some point she reluctantly took on the title of COO at Fark, Inc, because she’d been doing the job pretty much the entire time anyhow.
There’s no real reason to copy and paste all of Fark’s accolades from Drew’s biography here, but they apply to Heather all the same — in many cases, they apply moreso.
During the past decade, Heather has spent her spare time volunteering for the Preeclampsia Foundation as manager of their online community. Much of her experience running Fark overlapped with the needs of the nonprofit.
Why Heather for Lieutenant Governor
When we first began to search for a candidate for lieutenant governor, we quickly found that it was a difficult pitch — prospective candidates had to be willing to be on the hook for all of the risk and work of a campaign, but if successful, would end up with none of the defined responsibilities of an elected official. Kentucky’s lieutenant governor currently has no responsibilities other than to relieve the governor should he or she become unable to govern.
It takes two people to run a successful company: a CEO and a COO. The CEO is the visionary and the strategist, and the COO is the operational planner who translates the vision and the strategy into marching orders. Or put another way, just look at Steve Jobs’ career. At any point in his life, when he was without a COO, he was just some crazy guy. But with a world-class COO at his side (he was fortunate to run into at least three), Steve Jobs was an unstoppable force.
As Kentucky’s COO, Heather will be the strongest, most influential lieutenant governor Kentucky has ever had — bar none.
On a personal note, Heather is clearly the best choice for lieutenant governor. None of the joy or success I’ve had in my life would have occurred without her. She is my world-class COO — in both life and business. We have run a business side by side every day for the past 16 years. If I had to distill it down to a basic truth, I believe we work well together because we learned early on how to disagree well.
Imagine what learning to disagree well could do for the political process.