Nicole Muise-Kielkucki joined Idea Foundry in August 2012, excited to contribute to the organization’s brand new Social Enterprise sector activities. She stepped into a full-time role leading those efforts, including InterSector, Idea Foundry’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, in early 2013, bringing to the team extensive management experience, a philosophy of hard work and pragmatism, and a unique perspective rooted in sustainability and community development. Since coming to call Pittsburgh home in 2005, Ms. Muise-Kielkucki has worked and volunteered for several local environmental nonprofits in the city, including Tree Pittsburgh and Phipps Conservatory. She is passionate about contributing to the development of resilient and sustainable communities, which includes at the forefront building robust local economies and healthy regional food systems. She currently serves on the board of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee. Ms. Muise-Kielkucki holds a Masters of Food Studies from the School of Sustainability and the Environment at Chatham University, where she was awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Food Technologists, as well as the Katherine M. Grosscup Scholarship from the Garden Club of America. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy.