Heather R. Pruger
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP
Heather Pruger announced at age 4 that she wanted to be a lawyer. By age 15, she had graduated from high school and received an incredible opportunity from the managing partner of a small law firm who gave Pruger a chance to work there.
Pruger eventually became a paralegal, put herself through college, first Montgomery College and then University of Maryland, and supported her mother and younger siblings. During that time, she also testified before the Maryland General Assembly in favor of the HOPE Scholarship, which provides educational funds to students who start their college careers at two-year institutions and then transfer to four-year schools.
Not surprisingly, education is the focus of Pruger’s volunteer work; she serves as a dean for the CollegeBound Foundation, which provides scholarships and other resources to under-served Baltimore students, and is a board member of Baltimore Corps.
Pruger practices business law and believes Baltimore is ready to be a center of innovation.
“Baltimore is attracting young entrepreneurs, millennials, with amazing ideas but also with a dedication to giving back to the community and changing the community for the better, not just as charity, but as an integral part of their business,” she said.