Nicole Poindexter, CEO and Co-founder Energicity, CEO Black Star Energy Ltd (Ghana)

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Prior to founding Energicity,  Nicole Poindexter was Senior Director Global Business Development leading Opower’s partner relationships with the electricity generation and smart grid industries. In her role, Ms. Poindexter negotiated global partnerships and developed joint product offerings with leading systems integrators, utility operations software providers, thermostat manufacturers, and residential and commercial energy efficiency companies.  As one of the early employees of Opower, she started the business development function at Opower and led the Business Development team through Opower’s IPO in 2014.Additionally, Nicole Poindexter was appointed to be an inaugural member of the  US Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee under Commerce Secretary Locke.  In 2009, she was Vice President of Alliances and Content at GreenBeat 2009,  the conference on the Smart Grid, where she created and managed the GreenBeat 2009’s Innovation Competition identifying the cutting edge companies and technologies that would define our energy future.

Earlier in her career,  Ms. Poindexter was a Portfolio Manager and Director of Investments for the New York City Investment Fund, a venture capital fund founded by Henry Kravis to invest in technology companies in New York City; Senior Policy Advisor for the Mayor’s office in the City of New York under the Bloomberg Administration leading economic development in Harlem and the Bronx; and has started several for profit and not for profit organizations.

She received her BA from Yale University in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration with Distinction from Harvard University.