Nicole Peña joined Next Street in June 2017 as an Analyst in the New York office. Since joining, she has worked with an array of clients such as nonprofits and foundations with the mission of improving the economic well-being of low-income people with a focus on people of color and anchor institutions looking to scale their local impact. She is passionate about expanding opportunities for all, specifically access to higher education and quality jobs.
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.