Oak Creek, Colorado
Nicole taps into water’s power to inspire curiosity, create community and foster advocates for sustainable water management. She leads River Network’s efforts to strengthen the influence and effectiveness of local coalitions in Colorado and the Western U.S. through knowledge sharing, mentorship and breaking down silos.
Prior to joining River Network, Nicole was Executive Director of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and handled public affairs for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. Nicole oversaw production of Colorado’s premiere publication on water, Headwaters magazine, for almost ten years, and her guidance of a leadership development program with over 125 alumni from Colorado’s water community is a source of pride. She’s served on both sides of a Board of Directors for several watershed coalitions, including the Colorado Watershed Assembly, and has led multi-day tours for elected officials, planned week-long professional conferences, chaired a year-long statewide celebration of water and helped produce a feature length documentary. Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, and a master’s degree in Water Resources from the University of Vermont.
Her ideal week would include following a drop of water from source to sea: skiing the Rocky Mountain snowpack, rafting wild river canyons, gobbling it up as lettuce and eggs from the backyard hobby farm, and attempting to surf its waves after it rolls out to sea (but mostly just falling down…she’s not very good). Nicole is blessed to work out of the beautiful Yampa River valley of northwest Colorado.