Before joining Venable, Nicole advocated for and protected privacy rights of consumers as a program manager at the San Diego International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development organization. In that role, she spearheaded the city’s digital inclusion efforts during the pandemic through coalition building and resource development, connecting hundreds of immigrants and refugees to digital access, and trained community members on how to use technology safely and securely.
Prior to this, Nicole gained experience as an investigative researcher, conducting open-source investigations into human rights violations in partnership with legal, media, and advocacy partners and trained staff on personal privacy and data ethics issues. She also contributed to groundbreaking OSINT visual investigations for the Wall Street Journal during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Nicole previously worked for the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, where she documented country profiles and researched international energy transition initiatives and sustainable practices for the Global Sustainability and Diplomatic Expedition. During her time there she was also responsible for developing in-country partnerships in Eastern Europe, and successfully launched sustainability coalitions in Bulgaria, Albania, and Serbia of leading government, nonprofit, and business stakeholders.
Nicole holds a B.A. in global studies and Slavic languages & literature from the University of California, Berkeley.