Heath Nero is the Conservation Program Officer in charge of Global Conservation at the Wyss Foundation. He manages all of the Foundation’s conservation grantmaking including the Wyss Campaign for Nature, a global effort launched in October 2018 to help protect 30% of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030.
Since Heath joined the Wyss Foundation in 2009 as a Program Manager overseeing the Foundation’s land protection efforts in the Intermountain Western United States, the Foundation’s geographic focus has expanded greatly and now includes land and ocean protection work in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Andes Amazon countries of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as Argentina, several Eastern African Countries, Romania, and Australia, in addition to a continued focus on land protection in the United States.
Before joining the Wyss Foundation, Heath served as a Combat Engineer Officer in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, serving a one-year combat tour in Iraq during 2003-2004 for which he received the Bronze Star. After leaving the army, he worked for The Wilderness Society in the Bureau of Land Management Action Center, securing administrative protection for at-risk wildlands by helping local advocates navigate the BLM Resource Management Planning process.
Heath has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, where his thesis focused on the creation and early management of the National Conservation Lands.