Nicole co-founded VIVA with Christina, based on a shared commitment to leveraging the power of strategic thinking and communications for positive social impact. Nicole brings more than 25 years of experience in the public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors, including facilitating strategic planning processes and organizational change, and providing strategic communications consultation and execution. Nicole is known for being a visionary and strategic thinker, with an ability to grasp the complexities of multi-sector partnerships and to expertly facilitate diverse groups towards their shared vision. She has led the design and launch of numerous local and regional partnerships focused on improving the health and education of children and families. She has a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Community Collaboratives for Children and a Master of Arts degree in Education, with a focus on Group Dynamics & Leadership in Multi-Sector Partnerships, both from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Hidden Talent: I can milk a cow.
Favorite Word: Love.
I’m Inspired By: Leaders who consistently stand up for doing what is right no matter what.
Super Power I’d Like to Have: All of Wonder Woman’s super powers. Having super speed would be great and I would definitely like her bracelets, Lasso of Truth and the Tiara of Telepathy.