Nicole serves as the City of Philadelphia Law Department Director of Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion. In her role she reports to the First Deputy City Solicitor on a wide range of diversity and equity initiatives, within an agency comprised of 220 lawyers and 100 administrative staff members. Nicole is the former Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As director, she guided efforts to cultivate an environment that valued and demonstrated the law school‚Äôs commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Nicole joined Cardozo after several years as a Staff Attorney with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project, a statewide non-profit agency, which provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions. She has served as a member of the NAACP New Haven Legal Redress Committee and Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Multicultural Advisory Council. Nicole has presented nationally on cultural competency topics. She was awarded the 2020 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association. She earned a B.A. from Fordham University and a J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a member of the Connecticut state bar.
Never Either/Or, But Always Both (and More): Centering Race in Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Inclusive Training and Professional Development