Heather Nesle

Senior Vice President and President, New York Life Foundation

Heather Nesle is president of the New York Life Foundation, the charitable foundation created by New York Life Insurance Company. In addition to her Foundation duties, she is senior vice president of New York Life’s Corporate Responsibility Department.

The New York Life Foundation devotes the majority of its funding each year to educational enhancement in middle school, childhood bereavement, and social justice. Since its founding in 1979, the Foundation has made nearly $415 million in contributions to U.S.-based non-profit organizations. New York Life Corporate Responsibility initiatives include ESG reporting and strategy, disaster relief, and the award-winning Volunteers for Good program, which helps New York Life employees and agents nationwide volunteer within their communities. 

Ms. Nesle most recently served as vice president, corporate sustainability at HSBC Bank USA. Prior to that, she served in various roles at Fannie Mae, most recently as senior capital markets manager, as well as senior communications manager, and information architect.

Ms. Nesle was the recipient of the 2018 “Charlie Award” from Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), which is given to a corporate affairs professional who demonstrates perseverance in the pursuit of societal advancement. She was a David Rockefeller Fellow through the Partnership for New York City in 2020. Ms. Nesle serves on the Board of Directors of the Afterschool Alliance, Philanthropy New York, and Monumental Women. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association.

Ms. Nesle earned a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and human services from George Washington University. She currently resides in New York, NY with her husband, Steve, son, Benjamin, and daughter, Paige.

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