Nicole Peña is a Senior Analyst in the New York market. Since joining as an Intern in June 2017, she has worked on an array of projects from small business ecosystem assessments in Albuquerque, Chicago, and Houston, to strategic planning for financial institutions. She is passionate about helping clients scale their impact and expanding opportunities for all, particularly people of color, women, and low-income individuals.
Nicole previously interned for the City of Cambridge’s Economic Development department. She researched food access and transportation in the city. She also interned for the City of Somerville’s Housing Division, where she made recommendations to the city about inclusionary housing policies. While studying in Rio de Janeiro, she worked with an NGO to research and support businesses in favelas across the city.
Nicole received her B.A. in Economics and Latin American studies from Pomona College in May 2017 and wrote her senior thesis on the impact of racial / ethnic and income segregation on business ownership for people of color.