TNC's Chief Operations Officer and General Council. April 2017.
Wisla Heneghan TNC's Chief Operations Officer and General Council. April 2017. © Devan King/TNC

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Wisla Heneghan

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Arlington, VA


    Operations, Legal, Technology, Infrastructure, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Wisla Heneghan is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of The Nature Conservancy. Wisla oversees the global finance, technology, human resources, internal audit, ethics & compliance, diversity & inclusion, and legal functions of TNC.

Wisla works closely with the President and CEO in the management of TNC. In addition, in her role as General Counsel Wisla provides legal and risk mitigation guidance to the organization and its Board of Directors.

Wisla joined TNC in 2013 and has nearly 20 years of management and legal experience in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Wisla is focused on increasing organizational effectiveness, developing robust frameworks for enabling the organization to carry out its conservation mission, and addressing the challenges of global operations and the deployment of talent, tools, information and other resources to meet the needs of TNC worldwide. Wisla is highly engaged in ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace and developing the next generation of conservation leaders.

Prior to joining TNC, Wisla served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Staples, a $25 billion international office products company with businesses in over 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. While at Staples Wisla focused on complex commercial transactions, developing markets in China, India and Brazil, organizational growth in Europe, environmental issues, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Staples, Wisla was in private legal practice with the law firm of Goodwin Procter and the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo which she joined after graduating from Boston University School of Law.

Wisla was born in Brazil and raised in Brazil and New York. In addition to Portuguese and English, Wisla is also fluent in Spanish.

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