Nial spent his younger years in India and Nigeria before moving to the US. He earned an undergraduate degree in environmental policy and Chinese from Middlebury College and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. Prior to joining the VEEP/NHEEP team in February 2021, Nial served in various higher education administration roles at Colorado College, Lewis & Clark College, and Middlebury College.
Nial trusts in the power of education to change the world. He believes that climate, sustainability, and energy education empowers the next generation of changemakers with life skills, as well as with a spirit of responsible citizenship, equity, and urgency.
Nial serves on the board of the United Way of Addison County and previously served on the board of the Bixby Memorial Library. He lives in Vergennes with his partner, cats, and chickens and enjoys cooking food from around the world.