We’re excited to share that Nicole Torrico has been appointed Managing Director of the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN).
Nicole has made a significant impact across our organization and the broader field, and her appointment is a testament to her expertise, leadership abilities, and continued contributions to IEN’s organizational success. Nicole has been an integral member of the IEN team, driving our mission to encourage and support higher education institutions to adopt investment strategies that create an equitable, low-carbon, and regenerative economy.
Highlights throughout her time at IEN include:
- Leading IEN’s Clean Energy Working Group, including the development of two reports: “Investing in Clean Energy: Campuses and Endowments”, and ‘Briefing Paper: Options for Endowment Investment in Solar Energy’,
- Facilitating IEN’s Gender Lens Investing Working Group, including the development of ‘Gender Lens Investing: A Primer For College And University Endowments’,
- Creating, growing, and leading IEN’s SIILK Initiative, a network of 200+ students, faculty and staff at 50+ institutions committed to scaling the uptake of sustainable investing education programs, with a focus on student-managed investment funds,
- Developing and managing IEN’s Student Corporate Engagement Challenge, which has asked 100+ students to pitch an investment in a publicly-traded company, and include in that recommendation a shareholder engagement strategy focused on addressing inequity and the climate crisis, and
- Leading IEN’s Shareholder Engagement Initiative, including supporting Warren Wilson College in direct engagement with 40+ companies in their investment portfolio, and expanding education around proxy voting, with a focus on increasing the reach of the ESG-aligned proxy voting service As You Vote.
Before joining IEN, Nicole held notable positions in the Sustainability Office at Green Mountain College, where she implemented campus-wide strategic sustainability initiatives such as renewable energy procurement, waste diversion, student education, and sustainable investing through the endowment. Nicole's dedication and expertise in the field have been recognized by her peers, as she was honored with the SRI 30 Under 30 Award.
Georges Dyer, Co-Founder and Executive Director of IEN, said: “Nicole has been instrumental to IEN’s success over the past seven and a half years - developing new strategies and building key initiatives for the Network. She has managed a wide range of operational responsibilities, and built a strong professional network. Nicole has developed deep expertise in mission-aligned, sustainable investing, particularly as it relates to endowment management. We are thrilled to have her take this next step in her career to help lead the next chapter of IEN’s success.”
Nicole shared, “It has been such a joy to spend my early career growing within and alongside IEN as an organization. In accepting this new role, I’m full of gratitude and enthusiasm to be able to continue to support higher education institutions in taking concrete steps to address social inequity and the interrelated climate crisis through their investment portfolios.”
As Managing Director, Nicole will continue to lead program and content development across all IEN Initiatives, with further focus on supporting and enhancing IEN’s strategic planning, operations, team management, development, and member engagement.
Join us in congratulating Nicole, and feel free to drop her a note at [email protected]