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Elena I. Nicklasson, MA - Fielding Graduate University. Santa Barbara, CA, US

Elena I. Nicklasson, MA

Vice President of University Relations | Fielding Graduate University

Santa Barbara, CA, UNITED STATES



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Elena Ilina Nicklasson, MA, is a seasoned international practitioner with 20 years of experience in social justice, nonprofit management, and strategic planning. With her rich background in fundraising, Elena has played a pivotal role in advancing the missions of several nonprofit organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Throughout her career, she has designed and coordinated a variety of educational events, conferences, and media projects, focusing on peace, social justice, and nonprofit management.

Her expertise in strategic planning, communications, and operations demonstrates her adaptable skill set across diverse sectors. Since joining Fielding in 2017, she has served as Director of Development and, more recently, Director of Development and Community Relations. During her tenure at Fielding, she has helped steward significant transformational philanthropic gifts to the university, overseen the establishment of nine endowed funds and seven scholarship and research funds, planned and hosted dozens of virtual and in-person events, and supported university communications and the Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies. Nicklasson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Beloit College and a Master’s in Organizational Development and Change from Fielding Graduate University. Currently a doctoral student in Fielding’s School of Leadership Studies, her research explores the decision-making dynamics of ecopreneurs balancing planet and profit. She co-edited the recently published Transformative Power of Learning monograph. Additionally, Nicklasson serves as Vice President of the Board for the Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Industry Expertise (2)


Training and Development

Areas of Expertise (6)

Non Profit Management

Fundraising Strategies

Communications and Public Relations

Strategic Planning

Organizational Development and Change

Sustainability Leadership

Articles (2)

Grand Designs: Russia’s Nuclear Power Plant Innovation

Jane’s Intelligence Review



Maternal Meltdown: From Chernobyl to Fukishima




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