Nicolette Grams Principal
With over 15 years of experience in the international business, public, and nonprofit sectors, Nicolette leads a multi-sector portfolio of strategy and organizational transformation projects and drives Conscient Strategies’ non-financial due diligence work in the private equity (PE) and merger and acquisition (M&A) space.
Nicolette is an expert in leadership development and an experienced human-centered design practitioner who leverages systems thinking and superior analytical skills to shape complex problems into succinct, scalable solutions.
Nicolette has ushered leadership teams, founders and boards through strategic planning and visioning processes. She has experience assessing and improving the effectiveness of existing leadership dynamics, cultures, and operations to help organizations improve their impact and drive value creation. She is adept at analyzing and defining impact, building systems and efficient processes, leading and coaching effective teams, and developing models to grow and sustain innovation.
Prior to joining Conscient Strategies, Nicolette focused on strategy development and impact analysis for startups and social entrepreneurs with Arvo Co. Prior to that, she served as director of operations for Compass Coffee, leading a team of 80 and was responsible for developing, optimizing, and ensuring operational and team success as the company scaled five-fold in two and a half years. During a seven year stint based in India with Justice Ventures International, she rose from program consultant to Asia program director where she oversaw the organization’s strategy, programming, and public-private partnerships across India.
Nicolette holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California Los Angeles. She is a Division 1 NCAA national champion water polo player and a certified restorative justice facilitator.