Executive Director


Chris Heagarty is a professional executive with over ten years of experience in nonprofit leadership and management. Prior to the City of Oaks Foundation, Chris led the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission and the NC Center for Voter Education as Executive Director.  In private legal practice, he represented local governments and private citizens around North Carolina, helping them navigate effectively through complex state and federal regulations.

He is a long-time supporter of conservation and environmental protection in the region, and has been an effective problem-solver and advocate working with business leaders, and federal, state, and local governments to bring people together to reach effective public policy solutions.

Chris grew up in the Leesville area of northwest Wake County, before it was within the city limits of Raleigh and when it was a community of mostly low-density neighborhoods, farms, and vast areas of green-space. Times change, and though many of the areas where he played as a child have been replaced by suburban shopping centers, apartment complexes, and new higher-density neighborhoods, he and his family now live adjoining the Capital Area Greenway System, where his children enjoy hiking, biking, and playing at Raleigh’s Lake Lynn Park.

Chris received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina State University and his juris doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University’s School of Law. Chris served in the North Carolina House of Representatives from 2009-2010. He is a past board member and officer of the Raleigh Public Record and the Hunter Elementary PTA, and is currently on the board of Wake County Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education.