Kara Nichols Director of External Affairs at One Earth Future

Kara Nichols

Director of External Affairs & Communications

Kara contributes her experience in change process and the communications strategies, collaboration, and innovation necessitated by disruption for social progress. Her experience designing communications, partnering and program strategies ranges from client service agencies, corporate brands, small family businesses, NGOs, universities and Capitol Hill. Prior to finding home in Colorado, she was founding Director of Connect To Learn at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, a global program established to catalyze a movement for universal education, in particular among girls, as a means to ending global poverty. A public-private partnership initially providing 4-year scholarships for 1876 girls across 10 countries in Africa and integrating mobile broadband/cloud-based learning resources in their rural schools, to date the program has benefitted 120k+ students in 25 countries. In Silicon Valley, NYC & London she led strategic communications for top brand and product design agencies and their clients as they pioneered new digital technologies and change management processes; in Johannesburg she collaborated with international journalists in storytelling as South Africa struggled to advance from apartheid rule; she led communications and corporate social responsibility for American Express in Hong Kong as the Territory prepared to shift from British to Chinese rule; at PR/advertising agencies in Nairobi she worked with corporate clients, including Standard Chartered Bank to launch the first ATM machines in East Africa, and Richard Leakey at Kenya Wildlife Service. Kara enjoys life on a small farm in Boulder County and spends spare time on rivers and mountains and volunteering for conservation and community development projects. BA, Journalism, University of Missouri.