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Jenna Anita Nicholas

Head of Investments and Acquisitions

One Planet Group

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United States


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In-person / live conference, Virtual Conference, Webinar


English, Mandarin


Jan 27


Jenna's life and career has all been focused at the intersection of investing and values. Currently, Jenna is the Managing Director of One Planet VC where she invests in early stage businesses in transformative industries, such as education technology, marketplaces, media and the future of mobility. Jenna also leads Corporate Development for One Planet Group where she helps to lead the mergers and acquisitions work. Jenna is also the CEO of Impact Experience which is focused on addressing the very critical (and timely) issues of structural racism and incorporates a variety of powerful tools to tackle prejudice by confronting and engaging with the historical and ongoing realities of inequality and racial bias. Through this work, she is also spearheading the Business Climate Finance Initiative, working with companies to decarbonize their financial supply chain with a JEDI lens. Jenna formerly founded Phoenix Global Impact, a firm that specializes in impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Through her firm, she project managed Divest-Invest Philanthropy, a coalition of foundations, divesting from investments in fossil fuels and reinvesting in new economy solutions. Jenna spoke at TedX Portland about the Divest-Invest work. Jenna has also worked with the World Bank Treasury on green bonds and other sustainability projects and with Toniic helping to support an impact investing community. She has worked closely with the Calvert Special Equities team and is an advisor to the Nexus Global Youth Summit and Ethic, an online impact investing platform. Jenna graduated from Stanford University with an International Relations Honors Degree during which time she also read International Development at Oxford University. Jenna is a Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA graduate, is a PD Soros Fellow for New Americans, recipient of the Stanford Social Innovation Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellow, Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship and a Summit fellow. Jenna has special links with China and co-taught a course at Tsinghua School of Economics and Management on Business Ethics, Sustainability and Impact Investing. Jenna also co-chairs the Emerging Leaders Council of LISC, a community development finance institution. Jenna also serves on the Impact Advisory Committee for Apollo Global Management. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Jenna is the Vice President of Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is an active member of the Bahá'í Faith.

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Current Position

Head of Investments and Acquisitions at One Planet Group


Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) - 2017


Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar 2018

Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship 2018

Women We Admire: Top 50 Women Leaders in Finance 2023 2023

Past Talks

Wall Street Green Summit 2023
Lead Generation World London 2022

Financial Times Moral Money Summit 2023

SOCAP 2022

Nexus 2022