Heard’s professional background includes 40 years’ experience in public relations counseling in government, corporations, and advertising and public relations agencies. Early in his career, he was a newspaper, television and radio reporter and editor. He is a journalism graduate of Texas Tech University.
Heard retired in December 2007 after 15 years as a media relations officer and manager of employee communications for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). He lives in the Point Loma community of San Diego.