Today, The Nature Conservancy announced that Nathalie Augustin has been named general counsel for the organization. Ms. Augustin, most recently senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary for Fairway Group Holdings Corp., will begin her new role on June 30, 2021.
Ms. Augustin brings extensive experience in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and finance, regulatory compliance and intellectual property to this role. While at Fairway, she led a team of more than 120 staff managing risk across the enterprise, particularly in safety, real estate, and loss prevention. Over her 14 years with Fairway, Ms. Augustin strategically positioned the company for its rapid expansion, including an initial public offering, and led its approach to sustainable environmental practices and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
“Nathalie has a proven track record of creative problem-solving and vast legal experience working for some of the world’s most reputable brands,” said Jennifer Morris, CEO, The Nature Conservancy. “As a member of our executive team, Nathalie will work with a team of dedicated professionals across the organization to meet our ambitious goals over the next decade.”
Ms. Augustin will provide legal and risk mitigation guidance to the organization and its Board of Directors. She will lead a team of attorneys and legal associates responsible for the organization’s legal services in the United States, Africa, and Europe. In addition, Ms. Augustin will be highly engaged in ensuring an inclusive and diverse workplace.
“I’m thrilled to be joining The Nature Conservancy and look forward to working closely with the global team to advance the organization’s mission,” said Ms. Augustin. “At its core, TNC’s mission is to create a world where people and nature can thrive and I’m excited to be part of such an inspiring mission at this critical moment for our planet.”
Prior to joining Fairway, Ms. Augustin spent eight years at The Donna Karan Company LLC where she served as vice president and associate general counsel. Previously, she was a corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, primarily for the firm’s Latin America group.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Columbia University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Ms. Augustin served on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in New York and the YWCA of Brooklyn. Currently, she is a member of the Anti-Racist Task Force of Trinity School in New York City.
Ms. Augustin has a USTA tennis rating of 4.0, holds a brown belt in Goju-Ryu karate and is an avid collector of Black fine art.
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.