Nicole Raden

Learning Solutions Program Officer

Designs and implements outstanding learning opportunities.

Years with WEV

8

Languages Spoken

English

Inspired By

Queen Lili’uokalani

Favorite Central Coast Activity

Holiday shopping on Ventura’s Main Street

Path to WEV

Before joining WEV in 2014, Nicole worked in the non-profit sector for 12 years with a focus on programs designed to break the cycle of generational poverty. While obtaining a master’s degree from Pepperdine University in Social Entrepreneurship and Change, Nicole interned in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with a small organization providing training and employment for women. Through this experience, she saw firsthand the incredible impact of women’s economic empowerment: transforming not just individuals, but entire communities.

“The work that WEV does is not a band-aid for our community - economic empowerment is a long-term solution to the cycle of poverty. I am proud to work here.”