Growing up in Brighton Beach, Nicole shared a bedroom with her three sisters in a rent-controlled apartment where she was surrounded by a large extended family and community. These roots provided a support network that her family relied on and flourished in. Her belief in the power and importance of community comes from this formative experience.
Nicole is a forward-thinking problem solver
who will work with communities for solutions
so our city government works for all of us.
As a young child Nicole questioned everything, always asking “why” and not stopping until she was satisfied with the answer. This natural curiosity and challenge to the status quo set her on her path to earn a Bachelor's degree at SUNY Binghamton, with a focus on American History and Women’s Studies. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Hunter College. It was clear early on that centering communities and public service was her strength and passion.
Nicole put her career on hold to raise her daughters but returned to political action following the 2016 election. At a Get Organized BK meeting, she connected with others in her community who were committed to voting reform as the way to put power back in the hands of people. She helped form Brooklyn Voters Alliance, an all-volunteer voting rights group, and helped build Let NY Vote, a statewide network of voting rights advocates. Nicole and her fellow activists fought for and won the transformative and historic voting reforms, including early voting, passed by the New York State legislature in 2019.
Nicole’s drive to run for City Council
is fueled by witnessing people’s frustrations
with city government, and the
belief that we can do better.
She will work for real solutions.
Nicole’s experience working in local government coupled with her voting rights activism deepened her commitment to civic engagement and breaking down the barriers that keep everyday people out of the political process. During her tenure in state and city government, she has helped hundreds of people navigate the daily challenges of living in New York City. Nicole believes that to create lasting and meaningful change, local government must be responsive to the needs of the people and provide services that work.
As a voting reform advocate, Nicole saw directly how New York City’s political system makes it hard for people to participate in the political process. Working for the city council, she saw too often how communities are brought into important policy discussions late in the process, limiting their ability to make meaningful contributions. Nicole understands that change begins with electing people who will work to break down these barriers.
Nicole is an activist who believes that women have an important role in changing the nature of local politics.
Nicole was inspired to be a part of the heavily women-led activism that energized and engaged new people across Brooklyn and the country, and focused that energy on local government. In Park Slope and at the city and state level, there are too few women in elected office. More than just not reflecting the demographics of the community, this absence reflects failures in policies. Nicole is running for city council to advocate for policy priorities that present a clear, progressive vision for a city government in which communities and families lead.