Helping Social Enterprises Scale their Impact.

As a Principal, Nicole Ballin supports cross-team collaborative efforts at REDF to center the needs of our grantees, informs grantee selection strategy, and helps her portfolio partners go further, faster.

As co-founder of UpEnergy, a social enterprise that distributes clean energy technologies in East Africa, Nicole has experienced firsthand how challenging it can be to build a social venture that effects meaningful change while still striving for financial sustainability. Equipped with lessons and insights from her personal experience, she’s excited to support the incredible work of REDF’s grantees.

Nicole holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, and a B.A. in international economics from UCLA. She hails from South Africa and has lived and worked on three continents. With a passion for travel, she’s visited 43 countries and looks forward to sharing her wanderlust with her children. Closer to home, you’ll find Nicole spending time in her garden, exploring the Bay Area with her family, or busy planning her next vacation!