OUR STAFF | ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Nicole Cabral is the Associate Director of Public Engagement who designs and manages public engagement projects in K-12 education, higher education, resiliency and urban development. She also leads stakeholder engagement dialogues and trainings and develops training tools for government officials, policymakers and institutional and community leaders across the country and internationally.
Nicole has an extensive background in civic engagement, community development, advocacy, resiliency and sustainability, and community building through the arts. Prior to joining Public Agenda, Nicole oversaw the Equal Rights Centerís civil rights advocacy program and managed a U.S. Department of Housing and Development fair housing grant. In 2011, she co-directed AfroBrazilFest Ė a week-long cultural festival that sought to build community and make arts and humanities accessible in the nationís capital. Previously, as a Program Officer with the Institute of Sustainable Communities, she launched the Gulf Coast Sustainable Communities Network, which engaged civil society organizations to rebuild to be more resilient after Hurricane Katrina and during the BP oil disaster. She was also a Program Officer with the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she provided social and environmental technical and analytical assistance to implement development projects in Mozambique and Sri Lanka. Nicole began her professional career in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, where she provided technical support to communities using participatory and culturally appropriate techniques to address their complex challenges.
Nicole received her Masterís degree in Public and Nonprofit Policy and Management from New York University, where she focused on international development and holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Hood College. She is fluent in Spanish, and has an intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Quechua.
Areas of expertise: public and stakeholder engagement, facilitating dialogues and training, network building, community building, community development, advocacy, sustainability and resiliency