With over ten years of organizational transformation and social justice education experience, Nicola has honed a robust analysis of staff development, team building, and collective action. She helps organizations improve their teams by leveraging her expertise in organizational development, leadership development and community organizing. As a multiracial woman of color, she brings her experience of cross-cultural work and collaboration to every project. And, she adds a healthy dose of fun and energy into her partnerships through her background in comedy improv.
From 2006 to 2010, she served as an Organizer and Director with the Center for Community Change on campaigns for federal and state immigration reform, spearheading several innovative social media organizing campaigns and traveling extensively to provide technical assistance to diverse organizations. In 2010, she left national politics to focus on grassroots leadership development, running the Maine League of Young Voters. In 2012, she developed her passion for economic development and environmental justice as the Director of Strategy and Development for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005 after organizing with immigrants through SOS Racisme in Paris, France in 2004. She currently lives in Lewiston, Maine – my heart’s home.
Our most important projects for change often fail because our teams cannot make the leap from theory (vision, values, knowledge) to practice (behavior change, impact). We dream big, but don’t get to see the promise of our dreams fulfilled. Nicola helps teams overcome these barriers to impact and achieve their long-term goals by:
Nicola’s goal is to create lasting partnerships that provide businesses, organizations, and social enterprises with the staff/member development, analytical tools, operational know-how, and systemic supports to turn their visions into meaningful, measurable, and lasting change.
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