Alison M. Nichols

Program Evaluator; Legislative Finance Committee – State of New Mexico; Santa Fe, NM 2017 - present

•       Evaluate state government agencies, organizations and programs for performance, cost-effectiveness, and fiscal management


Independent Consultant – Business Strategy & Public Policy  2014 - present

•       Advised the World Bank on effective design of investment incentive policies to promote gender equality in private sector firms and encourage female entrepreneurship

•       Analyzed political spending trends in New Mexico political campaigns for Santa Fe-based non-profit

•       Developed recommendations report on homeownership promotion policy for Santa Fe-based non-profit lender

•       Advised fast-growing agribusiness in Uganda on financing strategy for smallholder farmers in its network; redesigned and simplified lending process flows to decrease turnaround time


Senior Associate; McKinsey & Company; San Francisco, CA 2014 – 2016

Summer Associate; McKinsey & Company; Dubai, UAE Summer 2013

•       Served multiple clients across sectors, with focus on financial services, in areas including growth strategy, risk management, cost reduction, and performance management

•       Led team of analysts to build financial models to project balance sheet activity for large U.S. bank undergoing Federal Reserve stress test (Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review); also improved and managed internal quality control activities, working with over 25 client contacts  

•       Developed growth strategy for luxury hotel and casino to generate additional cash flow by identifying target customer segments and strengthening brand positioning, resulting in board decision to focus on non-gaming customers

•       Identified over $50 million in cost savings and efficiencies within sales organization at technology hardware company


Africa Analyst; Navanti Group; Washington DC 2012  

•       Led research, analysis, and reporting on political and security developments in North and West Africa for U.S. government clients; selected for special project to travel to Egypt to conduct field research using Arabic language skills  


Associate; Good Harbor Consulting LLC; Abu Dhabi, UAE 2009 - 2011

•      Contributed to development and implementation of comprehensive maritime strategy for Middle Eastern client government; organized and led stakeholder engagement workshops for agencies involved in maritime affairs, resulting in increased collaboration and cooperation between agencies

•      Managed company's summer intern program. Led and assisted with multiple internal company initiatives, including developing company’s competitive intelligence capabilities  


North Africa Analyst; Oxford Business Group; Oxford, UK                                                     2008 – 2009  

•      Wrote comprehensive business reports on Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, on sectors including telecoms, IT, media, and advertising for international research and consulting group

•      Conducted in-country interviews in Arabic, French, and English with industry leaders and government officials and carried out open source research




Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; Cambridge, MA May 2014

•       Communications Director for Social Enterprise Conference at Harvard. Led communications strategy, social media outreach efforts, and design of web/print materials

•       Capstone consulting project for Doorways to Dreams, a non-profit financial inclusion fund, to develop business model and strategy for financial technology competitions

Tufts University; Medford, MA       May 2007

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. Focus on the Middle East, minor in Arabic.




Proficient in Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian dialect), French, and Spanish



Adventure travel (70+ countries, including hiking Inca trail in Peru, cycling in New Zealand, and white-water rafting in Uganda); yoga and fitness; learning new languages; sustainability and permaculture (completed 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course)