Nicole is a committed advocate for equitable educational access and opportunities across secondary and higher education. Prior to her selection, Nicole Bryant was employed as the School Culture and Climate Director at a public school in New York City serving 700 students, their families and 60+ faculty as a member of the administrative leadership team. She conceptualized and launched several whole school initiatives aimed at promoting equity, fostering culturally responsive community and coalition building between students, parents and faculty.
In her undergraduate years at Cornell University, Nicole was a Cornell Tradition and Mellon Mays Fellow and pursued her BA in English with a concentration in African American Literature. Her school breaks were spent volunteering with the Public Service Center, completing peer counselor training and traveling abroad to Nicaragua to lead language immersion classes.
First embarking on her career journey as an Americorps member with the education non-profit City Year, Nicole’s professional framework is steeped in a public service mindset that centers people and the relational factors that are key to successful community-based work. Across her tenure with City Year, she worked in under-resourced public schools in New York City managing and training teams of young adults commissioned to lead on-site literacy interventions, positive school climate initiatives and afterschool enrichment programming. Then shifting to a college access focus, Nicole spearheaded the outreach and curriculum redesign effort for the Posse Foundation’s inaugural Veterans Posse Program.
Equipped with a Master’s in Policy Management from Georgetown and the National Urban Fellows’ network of like-minded peers, Nicole hopes to consult on equity-focused education policy and implementation for school districts and community-based organizations with a particular emphasis on training and capacity building.