175 S. Main St., Suite #100
Akron OH 44308
Nicole serves as the Executive Director of ArtsNow, an organization that helps build and strengthen a thriving Summit County arts and culture scene to add economic vitality and social vibrancy to our region. In this role, she collaborates with local leaders and organizations to advocate for the arts and culture sector, connects local talent to resources, and leads a team that promotes the diverse catalog of arts and culture offerings across multiple platforms to Summit County residents.
In August of 2019, Nicole was selected by Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Notable Women in Nonprofit. Nicole was elected to the Private Sector Network Council of Americans for the Arts and will serve a two year term representing Summit County and Ohio, ending in December of 2021. In 2018, Nicole was one of 16 arts executives from across the country selected to participate in Americans for the Arts’ annual Executive Leadership Forum. In addition, she serves on the board of Ohio Citizens for the Arts.
Nicole is a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 34, serves as Secretary of the board of the Gay Community Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, and serves on the board of United Disability Services (UDS). Nicole is also a proud alumna of Torchbearers, where she served as member, committee chair, and board member from 2013 to 2017 and as president in 2016.
Community and Corporate Liaison
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