Kaine Nicholas is an accomplished financial professional with more than 15 years of entrepreneurial and financial experience. Today, Kaine is the first Executive Director of the Black Cooperative Investment Fund (BCIF), a community-based organization rooted in self-help economics that unapologetically provides microloans to the Black Community.
Throughout his career, he has focused on creating substantive community impact and has continually sought opportunities to use his unique skills to improve the quality of life for his community. After working in global finance for several years at professional services firms such as: Etrade, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business, J.P. Morgan, and others, he started ABLE Consulting, LLC, which helped drive vision and growth for corporations under $10 million.
As BCIF’s Executive Director, Kaine is positioned as a leading voice in building a critical mass movement of change based on cooperative economics, wealth building, and fiscal imperatives. He is motivated to position BCIF as a trusted messenger, ally, and action-oriented partner within the ecosystem of efforts to close the racial wealth gap.
Kaine holds an MBA from Babson College for global entrepreneurship and received a B.S. in economics & finance from Bentley University. Mr. Nicholas is a Riordan Fellow at the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a certificate holder for board/executive leadership from the USC Cecil Murray Institute for Community Engagement and the African-American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI).
Kaine, his two young daughters, and his wife of ten years reside in San Pedro, California. He enjoys finding time to teach finance and entrepreneurship to young kids and teenagers.