As Manager for Global Communications at 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, Nicole delivers integrated communications support for the entire 100RC global network and platform of partners, maintaining a specific focus on two regional portfolios of member cities. In this role, she works with print, television, and digital media reporters from regional, national, and international media to secure coverage of major milestones and build awareness of urban resilience in cities across North America and Africa. Nicole also manages media requests and general PR pitches for 100RC, in addition to driving proactive communications opportunities focused on the organization’s thought leadership, thematic expertise, and partnerships. She furthermore plays a strong writing and editing role in the organization, resulting in op-eds placed in Crain’s New York Business, US News and World Report, Public Sector Digest, and other outlets. She contributes frequently to 100RC’s digital content and blog, as well as to guest posts for partners such as Lloyd’s and the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago.
Nicole brings an international development background to 100 Resilient Cities. Previously, she spent over two years at the Huairou Commission, concentrating on strategic and creative communications as a means to amplify grassroots women’s voices in global sustainable development processes; she additionally acted as a key organizer for the Commission’s urban development work. Nicole launched her career in this field as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the northern highlands of Guatemala, serving as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist to small associations of farmers and artisans in collaboration with Save the Children USA.
Nicole holds a BA in Economics and Global Studies from Lehigh University and an MA in Economics from The New School for Social Research, where her research focused on increasing investment in women artisans in developing countries.