Nicholas Hayes is the Faith Community Partnerships Organizer at the New Economy Coalition. Raised a Liberation Theology Catholic by a Costa Rican mother in the unlikely setting of rural Michigan, Nicholas understands his faith as the source of his lifelong commitment to economic justice, Creation care, and the empowerment of ordinary people. His passion and emerging career have centered on the transformative potential of faith communities for social change.
After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard in 2008 with a degree in Social Studies, Nicholas spent two years in the Boston Episcopal Service Corps (Life Together), where he was first exposed to community organizing and the climate justice movement. During that time, he began his ongoing work teaching congregations organizing to unlock their potential as local change leaders. In Fall, 2011, Nicholas also joined other Boston-area Christian activists in launching the Protest Chaplains at Occupy Wall Street. At the same time, he began his ongoing graduate study at Harvard Divinity School, focusing on on the history and theology of American religious movements for economic democracy.
At the New Economy Coalition, Nicholas's work centers on building relationships to religious congregations, denominations, and faith-based organizations, and growing their involvement in the New Economy, from grass roots to grass tops. Beyond NEC and his graduate studies, Nicholas serves as a faith-based organizer with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and a coach and trainer for theLeading Change Network and the Leadership Development Initiative.