Nicole is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NESsT, where she leads NESsT´s strategy, growth and impact worldwide including entrance to ten countries, diversification of the portfolio to new target markets, and the use of diverse financial instruments. Nicole is responsible for the development of NESsT’s new initiatives as well as its capacity and investment strategy and tools. She manages key donor relations and oversees a senior management team to carry out NESsT´s goals while maximizing the organization´s resources and impact. Nicole is also author, editor or a contributor to numerous publications and articles on social enterprise and impact investing in emerging market countries.
Prior to NESsT, Nicole served as the first Executive Director of the Association for Women in Development (AWID), and was the founding Program Manager of the Third Sector Project, within the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies. She was also the Director of the Global Education Office at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) where she oversaw programs focused on increasing awareness of poverty and development issues. Earlier in her career, Nicole served in both the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture, overseeing programs in Africa, and in the Caribbean Affairs Office of the US Agency for International Development.
Nicole´s education includes a Master’s degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, where she also received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Extra Curricular Contribution. She was also a recipient of the Presidential Fellowship award for “fast-track” public leaders. Nicole holds triple nationalities, from Chile, France and the U.S. She was born in and currently lives in Santiago, and loves to read, run, cook, garden and, of course, travel!
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