San Francisco, USA
Nicole Etchart is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of NESsT, where she leads the organization’s strategy, growth and impact worldwide including entrance to eleven countries and investment in a diverse portfolio of high impact enterprises that have improved the quality of life of over 350,000 marginalized people. Nicole is responsible for the development of NESsT’s new initiatives as well as its capacity and investment strategy and tools. She oversees a senior team to carry out NESsT’s goals while maximizing the organization’s resources and impact.
Nicole is author and editor of many publications and articles and has contributed to shaping the sector in emerging market countries. She believes in the power of collaborative change and serves on a number of Advisory Boards including the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative.
Prior to founding 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing programs in Africa, and in the Caribbean Affairs Office of the U.S. 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 Santiago, Chile and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. She loves to read, run, cook, garden and, of course, travel!