Bios of the Panel
Nicki joined WEV in April 2018, in the aftermath of the Thomas Fire and the Montecito Debris Flow. Originally from England, Nicki qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, specializing in forensic accounting and fraud risk management. She brings over 20 years of experience in business finance and operations, working with small businesses, private and public companies. Nicki has also worked with several local non-profits as a board trustee, grant writer and volunteer, and has a Masters degree in Psychology. Outside of work, she can be found fully embracing the active Santa Barbara lifestyle, running along Cabrillo Boulevard, or sweating it out at a nearby yoga class.
Hayley Fedders launched her side-hustle, Three Feathers Design, in 2014 after taking the WEV SET program. Since then she has grown her business into a full-time job where she helps fellow online, creative, business owners with brand strategy and web design. Prior to launching her own business she worked as both an art director and marketing manager for companies in Santa Barbara. Outside of work she is busy raising her two small children and trying to catch a wave here and there between drop-offs and school pick-ups.
After researching WEV’s impact on the lives and livelihoods of local entrepreneurs as a Microenterprise Research Intern, Emma joined the WEV staff in 2016. She currently supports small business owners in WEV’s Thrive program in accessing the resources – knowledge and connections – they need to stabilize and grow their businesses. She is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs to cultivate a positive impact in their communities, in their local economies, and in their own lives as well as those of their employees. Emma has worked in various roles throughout the non-profit sector, focusing on women’s empowerment and environmental advocacy. She earned a master’s degree in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara. Emma has lived in Santa Barbara for 5 years and when not in a WEV office, she is likely to be on a beach, on a mountain, or on a soccer field.