Nicolle Richards
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Nicolle Richards | Senior Investment Manager

Nicolle is a Senior Investment Manager at Gary Community Ventures, where they lead fund and direct investments across Gary’s outcome areas with a particular focus on fintech, private credit, home ownership and employee ownership. Prior to Gary, Nicolle spent three years leading capital raising and investor relations work in Nairobi, Kenya with Lendable, a private credit investment firm that provides debt capital to fintech companies in emerging markets. She began her career working on social enterprise investments at the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation.

As a young person with class privilege, Nicolle has also organized as a chapter leader with Resource Generation, a multiracial membership community of young people with wealth and/or class privilege committed to the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. They also work with NOLS as a field instructor, teaching leadership through outdoor expeditions. Nicolle holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Stanford University.

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