Heather Bellino is the Chief Executive Officer at Texas Advocacy Project, Inc. Since 2005 she has been involved in efforts to help survivors of violence find safety and hope for themselves and their families. Texas Advocacy Project’s mission is to end dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Texas. Texas Advocacy Project empowers survivors through free legal services and access to the justice system and advances prevention through public outreach and education. Ms. Bellino oversees the agency’s operations, funding, and service delivery.
Heather participates on a number of committees, such as the Office of the Attorney General’s Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force and Texas Council on Family Violence’s Public Policy Committee. Ms. Bellino was also a member of the PROJECT SAFE Expert Panel born from Senate Bill 434 Task Force.
Ms. Bellino Co-authored, “INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE- An Epidemic Family Physicians Can Address” in the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Journal, Vol. 69 No. 4 2018, and recently contributed to the blog, “What PPE is Needed for Domestic Violence” in the Texas Medical Association Journal. Ms. Bellino is a mentor for the University of Texas at Austin’s Executive Master in Public Leadership Program and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Ms. Bellino has been highlighted in Austin Monthly, was nominated for Austin Business Journal’s 2016 Profiles in Power Award, and was featured as a finalist and is one of four of KXAN’s Texas’ Remarkable Women for 2021.