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Wisla Heneghan

Former Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel

Arlington, VA

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Wisla Heneghan The Nature Conservancy's Chief Operations Officer and General Council. © Devan King/The Nature Conservancy


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Wisla Heneghan is the Former Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of The Nature Conservancy.  Wisla oversaw sustainability, process excellence, internal audit, ethics and compliance, risk, diversity and inclusion, marketing, and legal functions of the Conservancy.

Wisla worked closely with the Chief Executive Officer in the management of TNC.  In addition, in her role as General Counsel Wisla provided 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 the Conservancy worldwide.  Wisla is highly engaged in ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace and developing the next generation of conservation leaders. 

Prior to joining the Conservancy, 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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