Director, Environment Initiatives
Nicola leads implementation of The San Diego Foundation’s environmental initiatives, working with donors, nonprofits, business and government partners to advance community efforts that protect our region’s clean air and water, natural resources and quality of life.
First joining The Foundation in 2008 as a Thomas Murphy Research Fellow, Nicola managed the Climate Initiative since 2010, a collaborative regional effort to spur action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deepen community awareness about the local impacts of climate change.
Nicola held previous roles managing a field office for a World Bank research project in rural Malawi, working with the production team of a public affairs show on public radio, and as a consultant on a student-run sustainable development project in Baja California, Mexico.
Nicola earned her master’s degree from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, her bachelor’s degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University, and is a LEED Green Associate.