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Nicole Cruz, MBA

Nicole Cruz, MBA

Sustainability & Operations Consultant


San Diego, CA

I help mission-driven organizations achieve their sustainability and social responsibility goals. I am at my best when collaborating with diverse groups, turning innovative ideas into action, and improving processes.





Self Employed

Sustainability and Operations Consultant

I work with with a range of mission-driven organizations to identify their social and environmental sustainability opportunities, turn ideas into actionable reality, and create efficient infrastructures. My clients include B2B startups, Fortune 500 biotech companies, and community-based non-profit organizations.

Presidio Graduate School

MBA in Sustainable Management

I learned how to achieve social and environmental sustainability goals while also achieving business profitability. I worked on innovative projects that eliminated waste for McDonald's, increased efficiency at Ronald McDonald House Charities, and my team won the award for Most Innovative Business Idea at the Think Beyond Plastic Innovation Competition.


UnitedHealth Group

Sr. Program Manager, Sustainability & Disaster Response

I led environmental sustainability and disaster response for the Corporate Social Responsibility team. I developed programs that engaged 150,000+ employees and led environmental reporting. I led a cross-functional sustainability team to coordinate efforts throughout the enterprise (energy, environmental health and safety, procurement, communications, recycling, etc.)

Climate Reality Project

Climate Reality Leader

Trained by Al Gore to provide education on causes and effects of climate change through public speaking engagements, writing articles, volunteerism, and other acts of leadership. Intent is to provide awareness and actionable steps for more sustainable living.

Self Employed

Yoga Instructor, 200 hr RYT

As a yoga teacher, I strive to teach from a place of joy, bringing unique attention and intention to every class and student that practices with me. I especially enjoy helping students work towards better alignment while providing space for reflection, peace,!