As Manager of VCS Program Development working on the Program Development and Innovation Team, Nicole will help the Verra team manage, coordinate and communicate the process for updates to the VCS standard.

Nicole comes to Verra from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), where she was the Program Manager on the FSC Investments & Partnerships (FSC I&P) team. In this role she helped develop strong programs in support of forest conservation, livelihoods for Indigenous Peoples and community & family forest holders, and nature-based solutions. Prior to this role, she was a Program Coordinator for the University of Washington’s Middle East Center, South Asia Center and Southeast Asia Center. She also spent several years supporting grassroots advocacy and activism for global anti-poverty programs with the ONE Campaign. Nicole grew up in the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington State, USA, where she spent over four years working as a professional alpine ski instructor at her local mountain resort.

Nicole holds a M.Sc. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle. She loves the outdoors, art, traveling, and making a mess in her kitchen trying new recipes from around the world.