Headshot, Heather Zichal
Heather Zichal Headshot, Heather Zichal © The Nature Conservancy

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Heather Zichal

Managing Director, Corporate Engagement

Arlington, VA

  • Areas of Expertise

    Climate, Energy, Public Policy, Sustainability, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Partnerships


Prior to joining TNC, Heather served as the President of her DC-based consulting firm, focused on building out corporate sustainability programs for Fortune 500 companies and providing strategic advice to environmental NGOs.

Heather also served as the lead Obama White House aide on energy and climate issues. In her role as the Deputy Assistant to the President for energy and climate change, she was instrumental in the design and execution of the Climate Action Plan and a champion of smart, pragmatic climate policy. From negotiating the country’s first ever mercury standard to the historic fuel economy standards, Heather was able to break the mold by bringing industry to the table and advancing policies with broad stakeholder buy-in from states, businesses, environmental groups and more. She got to know Obama when she was the environmental policy lead on his 2008 campaign. She also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including working as former Massachusetts Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s legislative director and for two Members in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

Heather is an Iowa native and graduate of Rutgers University.

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