As an attorney and strategist, Nicole has worked in the private, public, and non-profit sectors - implementing and advising systemic organizational change in the areas of talent recruitment, acquisition, and management. Most recently, she has taken on the daunting task of introducing disruptive cultural aspects from the private tech sector to promote technical excellence in the DOD. Her work with US Army Cyber Command reconciles dynamic, iterative technical cultures within a traditional hierarchical and bureaucratic military structure to allow for creation of strategically-critical, cutting-edge technologies. Under the Jyn program she co-created in partnership with Defense Digital Service, the teams she builds are comprised of technically elite military members and the top 1% of technical talent from the private sector. These teams build solutions to problems of impact just like companies in the private sector, but in support of the warfighter all over the world. The Jyn program also includes revolutionizing the way cyber soldiers are trained including state of the art tools for honing their skills.
Nicole has driven critical legislative and policy changes essential to ensuring that the DOD acquires and retains the best civilian and military technical talent essential to effectively meet its mission. She has rallied support from critical stakeholders including Congressional staff on the Senate and Armed Services Committees, the special forces community, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Secretary of Defense to support change to archaic acquisition and talent management models. Nicole has a B.A. from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
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