Helping Coal-Dependent Communities Decimated by the Decline of the Black Rock
Jenna Nicholas, MBA Candidate
Shifting to a cleaner energy system will require money -- to scale up new energy sources and to soften the economic blow to people whose livelihoods have depended on the old ones. Jenna Nicholas is working on both those capital flows. As an advisor to Divest-Invest Philanthropy, she has worked to move institutional investment from high-carbon to low-carbon energy endeavors. As managing partner of Impact Experience, an organization that builds relationships between investors and leaders of marginalized communities, she is working to bring economic development and job re-training to vulnerable populations. Among the communities in which she has worked is Williamson, West Virginia, which has been fighting for survival after losing 2,000 coal jobs -- more than 25% of its workforce.