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 programs that help children in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. Since its founding in 1979, the Foundation has made nearly $360 million in contributions to New York and U.S.-based non-profit organizations. Ms. Nesle also manages the Foundation’s latest initiative, Brave of Heart Fund, which is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to assist the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19. 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 is a current David Rockefeller Fellow through the Partnership for New York City. Ms. Nesle serves on the Board of Directors of Monumental Women, Philanthropy New York and the Afterschool Alliance. 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.