Vadim Nikitine is the owner and President of CCM Group, a holding company with assets in the commercial real estate and the clean energy sectors. CCM’s real estate companies are partners in approximately 8 million square feet of commercial space in Puerto Rico, Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwestern United States. Mr. Nikitine’s for-profit activities serve as the financial driver of his work in social change.
In 2006, he co-founded the Flamboyan Foundation with his wife, Kristin Ehrgood. In Washington DC, Flamboyan’s work around family engagement with the public school system has resulted in improved educational outcomes including increased student attendance, improved student behavior, increased standardized test scores, better teacher morale, and drastic increases in family participation in all facets of their kids’ education.
In Puerto Rico, the foundation is building a more engaged and strategic philanthropic sector for education; is leading an initiative to improve grade level reading in the island’s public school system ; and has partnered in a collaborative effort that seeks to increase college readiness among lower income students. Mr. Nikitine and Ms. Ehrgood previously co-founded Sapientis, a not-for-profit organization committed to improving public education in Puerto Rico by mobilizing a network of change agents.
Mr. Nikitine is on the Board of The Maret School, an independent K-12 school in Washington DDC; and is an active member, as well as former Board Chairman, of Rare Conservation, an international environmental not-for-profit organization. Mr Nikitine is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in economic development and sociology in 1989, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in 2001.