As the Director of Government Affairs for America Forward, Nicole represents the policy and funding priorities of the over 75 innovative and high performing organizations that are a part of the America Forward Coalition to members of Congress, the Federal Administration and other like-minded coalitions.
America Forward is New Profit’s nonpartisan initiative that brings together policymakers, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs across sectors and unites public and private resources to increase the impact of social innovation.
Nicole’s passion for this work comes from two places. She feels everyone should be given the opportunity to engage their government and those who are both elected and appointed to represent them and their interests. She is also passionate about the work that America Forward’s coalition members do and in particular the impact they are making every day on the lives of those they serve.
Nicole spent much of her career at Youth Villages, an America Forward Coalition member. After receiving her BA in Political Science and Master’s in Public Administration, she had the opportunity to develop and implement a government relations and public policy strategy for that organization. In that capacity, she advocated for policy and funding changes in the child welfare, juvenile justice, children’s mental health, and innovative financing policy areas. For America Forward, she leads the development and execution of advocacy efforts focused on workforce development, social innovation, and Pay for Success/Evidence-Based related policies.
In her spare time, Nicole is an exercise enthusiast and avid runner. She is also passionate about abandoned and abused animals and has an adorable Dachshund, Labrador mix dog that she rescued named Hannah.