As President of the AT&T Foundation and AVP of Corporate Social Responsibility, Nicole oversees the philanthropic budget and CSR communications and awareness efforts for AT&T. Her team oversees disaster relief strategy and manages the AT&T Employee Relief Fund, a public charity funded by employee and corporate donations to provide financial assistance to employees impacted by natural disasters and personal hardships.
Prior to this role, Nicole oversaw AT&T Aspire – a multi-million dollar commitment to drive innovation in education by connecting young people with opportunities. Through Aspire, she managed a diverse programmatic and philanthropic portfolio that included the Aspire Accelerator, an incubator supporting ed-tech entrepreneurs, and the Connect to Success competitive grant program that funds non-profits implementing best-in-class evidenced-based interventions that keep underserved students on track to high school graduation and beyond. She began her career at AT&T as part of its flagship leadership development program and joined the Corporate Social Responsibility team in 2009.
Nicole’s commitment to finding new solutions for social issues started at an early age watching her father design affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay Area and accompanying him to community meetings. She joined a Congressional campaign soon after college that took her from her native Bay Area to Washington, DC. After working on the Hill as a legislative analyst handling issues from education to telecommunications, she took her experience to the University of California’s Federal Relations office and next, to AT&T.
Nicole serves on the board of Independent Sector, America’s Promise Alliance, the Dallas Zoological Society, and the Commit Partnership, an organization to drive student achievement throughout Dallas County by leveraging data and community expertise. She is a member of the Conference Board’s CSR Council and chairs the program committee. Nicole holds a B.A. in political science from UC San Diego, and an M.B.A. from UT Austin. She and her husband live in Dallas with their two sons.
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