Nicole Alexiev is the Deputy Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Aspen Institute where she manages all day-to-day aspects of the Program including partnerships, project oversight, budgets and staff. Nicole also develops and leads content related to the Aspen Clean Energy Forum, the India/US Track II Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy, the Aspen Food Security Strategy Group, and the Forum on Water and Climate Change.
Nicole's professional experience includes work on sustainability, climate and energy policy, and ICT for development both at the domestic and international levels with corporations, foundations and NGOs. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Nicole was the Assistant Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) where she developed the organization's sustainability programming, authored a white paper entitled The Business of Climate Change Adaptation: A Practical Framework for Action and advised member companies Chevron, Disney, Bombardier, Symantec and Coca-Cola Enterprises on their CSR and stakeholder engagement strategies. Previous to IBLF, Nicole was the Senior Partnership Officer at the United Nations Foundation where she developed multi-sectoral partnerships to advance UN causes specific to energy access for all and international climate policy, including a lead managing role in the bilateral US-Brazil Biofuels Partnership.
Nicole's private sector experience includes developing international market entry strategies first for Micromuse Inc. (bought by IBM) in Latin America, then for QUALCOMM Communications in rural Mexico. Nicole later worked for Chevron Corp to develop a community engagement partnership strategy throughout their global operations. Nicole grew up in Alaska and began her career in DC as a staff assistant to Senator Ted Stevens. Nicole has a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound.