Nicole is a communications officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She brings to the Foundation years of experience in strategic mission-driven communications from around the world, with a particular focus on ocean and climate efforts.
Before joining the Foundation, Nicole ran communications for Stanford University’s Center for Ocean Solutions, where she managed communications on a range of issues including oceans and food security, climate risk, sustainable ocean economies, combatting illegal fishing, and small-scale fisheries and technology.
Her previous experience includes working with Room to Read, the USAID-funded Lowering Emissions in Asia’s Forests (LEAF) program in Thailand, the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Marine Program in Paris, W.W.F. in Washington D.C. and Malaysian Borneo, and with the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in rural Kenya. Nicole also worked previously as a Research Associate and Teaching Assistant at Harvard Business School.
She received her B.S. in communication and applied economics and management from Cornell University, and her M.A. in international environmental policy, communication, and human security from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also holds a certificate in environmental communications from the Nicholas School of the Environment from Duke University.
In her free time, Nicole volunteers with her dog, Watson, as an animal-assisted therapy team at local hospitals. She also loves surfing, yoga, and attempting to paint.