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Melanie L. Nichols, CFA, CFP®

Melanie L. Nichols, CFA, CFP®

Melanie Nichols joined Warren Averett Asset Management in 2011 and serves as Member and Senior Client Consultant.

Her responsibilities include directing the management of investment portfolios for retirement plans and nonprofit organizations. Melanie cofounded the Women’s Wealth Connection of Warren Averett, which provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management services for women. Melanie brings more than 30 years of investment management and comprehensive financial planning experience to her clients.


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Economics
    Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
  • Master of Business Administration
    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Certified Financial Planner
    College for Financial Planning
    Denver, CO
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts
    Charlottesville, VA

Professional Affiliations

  • Chartered Financial Analyst Society of Alabama
  • Financial Planning Association of North Alabama
  • Vanguard’s Registered Investment Advisor Council

Community Involvement

  • Heart Gallery Alabama, Board Member and President Elect
  • Oasis Counseling Center for Women and Children, Advisory Board
  • Birmingham-Southern College Alumni Advisory Board Member
  • Asbury United Methodist Church, Staff-Parish Relations Chairperson, Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and Altar Guild

Ask Me About

  • Ways institutions can protect their capital in volatile markets
  • Why a spending policy matters to your institution
  • How to create “bond-like” returns in a challenging interest rate environment
  • Why multi-generational families need to talk more about money
  • How to teach your children and grandchildren to manage charitable giving
  • Majoring in music & religion, and how I ended up in the financial services industry