Nicole Alexiev is the Managing Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Aspen Institute where she manages all day-to-day aspects of the Program including external relations, partnerships, project oversight, budgets and staff management. Nicole also develops and leads content related to the Aspen Clean Energy Innovation 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 Institute, she was the Assistant Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) where she developed the organization’s sustainability programming, authored white papers specific to climate change adaptation and the business sector 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 in International Relations from the University of California, San Diego and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Puget Sound.