Driven by a passion for education and equity, Nicole has centered her career around connecting young people of all ages to educational opportunities.
Nicole is a peace education and youth development professional, with over 12 years of practice in a variety of settings, ranging from her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic to local and national non-profits in the U.S. Nicole first found her way into youth development through Outward Bound, where she fell in love with outdoor education. An alumna of the Practicum for Experiential Peacebuilding program with Outward Bound's Center for Peacebuilding, she discovered experiential peacebuilding through the Outward Bound community as well. She is an advocate for experiential peacebuilding, and believes that facilitating opportunities that create common ground across lines of difference not only creates connection, but can also be an avenue to building more just and equitable systems -- and a more just world.
Nicole earned her Bachelor’s degree and K-6 teaching certificate in elementary education at Bridgewater College and earned her graduate degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University.
Currently, Nicole is the community engagement director for Reading Partners in Baltimore, MD where she lives a sailor's dream on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and pup, Baxter.