• NATHANIEL KOLOC

    professional bio

  • NATHANIEL KOLOC

    SVP People, Future Laboratories

    I build and run teams that aim to shape the future of the United States for the better.​

    Our world is becoming more complex and increasingly turbulent, while also bursting with opportunity.

     

    We have the tools to create a society that works for everyone, if we can summon the vision, strategy, and focus required to do so.

     

    I want to see the United States meet its full potential.

     

    I support projects, ventures, public policies, and political candidates that work in service of that goal.

     

  • MY WORK

    My craft is building and running teams.

     

    That includes talent strategy, shaping productive culture, full-cycle hiring process design, executive search, modern hiring tools & platforms, team performance, and other aspects of people ops work in the modern workplace.

     

    I also write for Quartz about modern careers.

    Feb 2017 - Present

    We're society's first multidisciplinary applied research lab that will invent bold new companies, policies, and concepts to improve quality of life in the United States.

     

    Interested? Maybe you should join us.

    Hillary for America

    Director of Talent Acquisition & Development (2015-2016)

    I oversaw the recruiting & professional development operations for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The $1B campaign operation would come to include over 4,500 staffers in over 500 offices across the country. We had a particular focus on hiring a diverse workforce, and we were successful in creating the most diverse campaign team in history.

     

    In the end, we were not successful in delivering Hillary Clinton to the White House. Though the consequences of the 2016 election will be felt for years to come, we can all work to forge a future for our country that is vibrant, optimistic, and inclusive.

    Cofounder & CEO (2011-2015)

    I cofounded ReWork in 2011 to make it easier for talented people to build careers worth having while working on society's most pressing challenges. Since its founding, ReWork has supported tens of thousands of talented professionals with career design and job transitions, and has helped hundreds of mission-driven hiring managers find the right person for their team.

     

    ReWork was acquired by Koya Partners in November 2017.
     

    Career Experimentation

    Various Projects & Adventures (2008-2010)

    I spent the years after graduating college doing a wide range of work projects and activities, as I searched for what type of work I found to be meaningful. During these years I wrote business plans and did research projects for new ventures, secured $1.5M in grant funding for a few nonprofits, installed rain barrels and residential energy efficiency upgrades, did construction work, led backcountry trail crews in US National Parks and ecotourism trips in Latin America, peddled fudge at a CostCo in Florida, produced a coupon book featuring socially conscious companies in Pittsburgh, and worked with a friend to start a moving company.

  • MY BACKGROUND

    My networks are entrepreneurial and progressive.
    My academic background is in ecology, economics, and complex systems.

    New York City Venture Fellows

    Fellow // 2015

    I was honored to be one of 33 entrepreneurs selected for the New York City Venture Fellows program, which selects the most promising startup leaders in New York and pairs them with mentors, peer-learning opportunities, and introductions to seasoned investors.

     

    New Leaders Council

    Fellow, New York City // 2015

    I was one of 20 millennial leaders selected for the New York City region to join the NLC community for a five-month program designed to introduce us to the world of progressive policy, politics, campaigns, and organizing.

     

    Singularity University

    Executive Program // December 2012

    At this program we spent 10 days examining the technological development of networks & computing systems, renewable energy sources & storage technologies, nanotechnology & molecular assembly, robotics & artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and 3D printing & distributed manufacturing.

     

    Unreasonable Institute

    Fellow // 2011

    I spent six weeks living in a house with 24 other entrepreneurs and 60+ mentors - specialists in branding, startup finance, team building, operations, fundraising, communications, and more - learning how to build a mission-driven startup.

     

    Blekinge Tekniska Hogskola

    Masters of Science, Strategic Sustainable Development

    I went to Karlskrona, Sweden to study strategic sustainable development under Karl-Henrik Robert. The program revolves around a methodology that companies and governments can use to improve their competitive advantage while strategically addressing social and environmental challenges.

     

    Thesis: Embedding socio-economic sustainability into impact investor due diligence.

    University of Vermont

    Bachelor of Arts, Global Human Impact Studies

    I studied the interconnected global complications that our society has inadvertently induced over the past century, from climate change and persistent pollutants, to ecological collapse and biodiversity loss, to topsoil loss and deforestation, to preventable diseases, malnutrition, and structural inequality.

     

    Thesis: Ecological wastewater treatment in Stonetown, Zanzibar: A feasibility analysis.

    School for International Training

    Coastal Ecology in Zanzibar

    I lived with a local family in Stonetown, learned Swahili, and studied marine and coastal ecosystems, including whale shark migration patterns and population dynamics of large mammals in Saadani National Park.