Heather Zichal is the Vice President of Corporate Engagement for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She brings to this position deep expertise in environmental and climate policy, a passion for conservation, and an international reputation for forging stakeholder relationships that lead to positive change.
Prior to joining TNC, Heather ran Zichal Inc., a DC-based energy and environmental advisory consultancy, working with companies to improve environmental performance. Prior to that, Zichal served as Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. As President Obama's top White House advisor on energy and climate change from 2009-2013, Heather coordinated policy development and implementation on these issues across the Administration. She helped to shape and execute many of the President’s top energy and climate priorities, including establishing historic new fuel economy standards, reducing mercury pollution, and supporting clean energy deployment in the United States. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as a Policy Director to the Obama Campaign, where she helped craft the 2008 energy platform.
She previously served as the Legislative Director to Senator John Kerry after managing energy and environmental issues in the 2004 presidential campaign. She has also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and U.S. Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ).