Heather Stern serves as the Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel at Whole Foods Market. In her role, she leads the legal teams that handle litigation, employment law, merchandising and operations support, privacy, technology, real estate, supplier quality assurance, and licensing. The asset protection, claims, and risk teams also report into Heather’s team. Prior to her role at Whole Foods Market, she spent more than 11 years at Office Depot in Florida in various positions in the legal department, including Deputy General Counsel. She also worked at a large law firm in Atlanta and clerked for a federal judge. Heather went to law school at the University of Georgia School of Law and got her undergraduate degree at Purdue University. Heather lives in Austin and enjoys baking, yoga, and archery.